Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Scaling back on rumors

I’ve spoken with more than a few drivers in the past week who have heard variations of a wild rumor coming out of Ohio.

In one version, police officers are walking around a truck stop with a bathroom scale and weighing drivers. In another, scale house means both the truck and the driver are put to the test.

Before you discount these as just another rumor of the road, let me point why these stories may have legs.

The FMCSA Medical Review Board has recommended a series of very restrictive rules that haven’t yet been formally proposed. The MRB has proposed drivers with a BMI of 30 or greater be required to undergo expensive sleep studies that can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000.

They’re planning on doctors performing DOT physicals using the shortcut method of taking height and weight to determine BMI, which involves a scale.

We’ve been able to confirm zero truth to these rumors as yet, but we’ll continue to keep our eyes and ears open.

But after Minnesota troopers were found last year to be looking in drivers’ wastebaskets and looking for pornography as part of a ridiculous checklist for commercial drivers, is the idea of police officers carrying scales out of the question?

So if you see a trooper, officer or anyone forcing a trucker onto a bathroom scale, do me a favor.

Pull out a camera or camera phone and take pictures.

And please leave a comment with a link to the pictures.