Regulation of the Day 34: Diabetic Truckers

Tawnya Benner, 38, would like to drive a truck for a living. She’s qualified to do it, holding a commercial class driver’s license from her home state of Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, she has diabetes, so it’s illegal. There is a federal “prohibition against persons with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce.”

Tawnya is one of 24 people applying for an exemption from the federal ban. Let us wish them all the best of luck as they petition the government for the right to earn a living.