There is one thing in this legislation that should never have been adopted: that of needing a current Medical certificate to hold a CDL. This sounds good on the surface until one looks at the logistics of this. First, if a driver is temporarily disabled and has to renew his CDL duing that period, he cannot renew it. If he allows the CDL to lapse, he cannot reinstate it without going through training all over again and starting out as a brand-new driiver. A CDL holder has a difficult time even obtaining the Medical Examination form now required as the ATA now holds that form and provides them ONLY to their select group of Occupational clinics, who are usually instructed to perform tests over and beyond that which is required by the DOT. No hiring carrier will accept an existing, though current Medical Examiner's certificate from another carrier or medical examiner who isnt on 'their list'. A DOT medical exam costs $125 and up-and may in many instances be useless except for the purpose of renewing a CDL. The entire medical certification criteria was recently changed expressly for the purpose of excluding older, experienced drivefrs from the pool of available drivers. Many are excluded simply for having blood pressure readings that are higher than the very low standerd of 130/80 - a standard no other occupaion requires. BMI is also a focus on thesse physicals as it supposedly indicates sleep-apnea (the research does NOT show this). The entire medical standard has been revamped to use regulation to discriminate against the older experienced drivers who know how to do their jobs safely and should therefore command better wages. Once again, FMCSA has placed into regulation 'favors' for the biggest carriers and their deep-pocket lobbyists in Washington - it was enough to require a medical certificate for someone while they actually drive . . . why are we working so hard to erase the long safety records and qualifications of disabled or semi-retired drivefrs who want to keep their CDL??Does a teacher who goes on sabbatical lose their teaching cefrtificate? or an electricial lose their license oif they stop working for awhile? Why, then, are we discriminating against truck drivers while at the same time crying about a driver shortage and importing foreign drivers? This stinks to high-heaven!