Wednesday, December 17, 2014

From the “You Had One Job” file

One of the folks in OOIDA’s Business Services department passed along this story that we thought was too funny not to share.

About a week ago, one of the staffers in the compliance department was exploring the FMCSA’s Hotline Complaint website, and used “Concentra” as a stand-in for the company he was complaining about.

Concentra, as you probably know, is one of the largest providers of DOT physicals, performing more than 750,000 a year from nearly 600 locations in 40 states, according to the company’s website. In 2012, the company began working with FMCSA to develop the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (which took effect in May) and changed the eligibility requirements for physicians who perform DOT physicals.

But did you also know that Concentra has its own “fleet” of nine commercial vehicles? Based out of Houston, the company hauls mobile medical equipment and boasts 10 drivers.

According to FMCSA, on May 27, 2013, one of those drivers received a Driver Fitness Violation 391.41A-F, otherwise known as “operating a property-carrying vehicle without possessing a valid medical card certificate.” See for yourself here.

Read that again, then join me in doing your best Nelson Muntz impression. Because it’s pretty hilarious that the company literally responsible for the new DOT physical rules would have a driver get popped for not having a valid med card.

When reached for comment, Anne-Marie Puricelli, Concentra’s chairman of the transportation committee, said the company “took immediate action in 2013 to correct this isolated incident.”

No word on whether or not the driver in question failed Concentra’s sleep test.