Friday, May 5, 2017

Medical Certification FAQ's | New York State DMV

Please see the following link for:
Medical Certification FAQ's | New York State DMV

Also, one of the most frequently asked questions by drivers is reviewed here in the form of a reply to an email received from a driver.  Please see the following below.

Driver Question:
Q:  Hello how are you? I spoke to my boss after my physical, he told me I didn’t need a physical because I’m an Intrastate driver an not to renew my certificate when it expires. He told me to go to DMV one month before it expires an put an A3 (Med Cert Exempt) restriction on my license. MTA drivers don’t leave the state of NY… L.B.
A:  Thanks for your email.  Just make sure that if you select Excepted Intrastate (EA) as you did, that you do not cross state lines ( i.e. New York to New Jersey for example).  That is one example of INTERstate driving and that is one of the reasons some of the MTA CDL holders I see give for maintaining their Medical Examiner’s(ME’s) certificate.  You don’t want to be stopped for any reason by DOT crossing state lines even briefly and not have a ME’s certificate.  Some of these other drivers I see may have other jobs that require INTERstate driving and some simply want to maintain the full flexibility of their CDLs.  By checking off Non-excepted INTERstate (NI) and maintaining their ME’s certificate they are not restricted as to where they can drive.  You however will be restricted if you do not renew you ME certificate and check off EA.  See following from NYS DMV; Also please note the following changes planned for the A3 and K restrictions also from DMV:  Great
question L.B.
Excepted Intrastate (EA)
Commercial driving operation is restricted to New York State, permitted for excepted operation only and you are exempt from the Federal medical requirements.  You must be age 18 or older (21 or older when noted for certain excepted operations).  You must have the K (CDL Intrastate Only) and the A3 (Med Cert Exempt) restriction on your driver license.
Changes to the K and A3 Restrictions

A3 Restriction
The description of the A3 restriction will change from “Municipal or School Operation Only” to “Med Cert Exempt.” This encompasses all of the federal and state Excepted types of operation.  If you operate only in Excepted operations, you are not required to hold a USDOT Medical Examiner’s Certificate. If you are Municipal or School Operator you will still be eligible for the A3 restriction because these are Excepted types of operation.  If you currently have an A3 restriction, you do not need to amend your license to change the description of the restriction. The “Municipal or School Operation Only” description is valid until you renew your license. When you renew, the restriction description will automatically be converted to “Med Cert Exempt.”
K Restriction
If you have a K restriction (CDL Intrastate Only), you are limited to driving in New York State only. However, the K restriction will no longer mean that you do not need USDOT Medical Examiner’s Certificate. You must obtain an A3 (Med Cert Exempt) restriction in addition to your K restriction if: you were issued a K restriction because your original CDL was issued prior to September 9, 1999, and you were not able to meet the federal medical requirements.  The two restrictions together will verify to law enforcement and USDOT representatives that you are not required to have a USDOT Medical Examiner’s Certificate and that your operation is limited to New York State only.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Kosciuszko: New York City's Newest Bridge-Pics To and From work

Brooklyn has the Brooklyn Bridge.  Let's give this shiny new bridge to Queens.

                                         Driving to work against traffic (Manhattan to Queens)

                                         Driving home (Queens to Manhattan).  Not bad; but traffic at Laguardia Airport                                            (undergoing construction at this time) was a parking lot; Fuggedabouttit! but not                                          the new bridge's fault.

                                         All lit up at night like a Ferris Wheel!

New York Times article for reference about the new bridge and other people's experience: