Tuesday, March 24, 2020

FMCSA grants 90-day waiver for expiring CDLs

ATA officials have been notified that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is granting, a 90-day waiver (to June 30, 2020) for expiring interstate and intrastate commercial driver’s license (CDL) and commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holders and other interstate drivers operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs).

The Agency initiated this action in response to President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency under 42 U.S.C. § 5191(b) related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

FMCSA says its waiver was granted because many commercial drivers have been unable to renew their CDLs or commercial learner permits because many states have closed driver licensing offices as the nation attempts to stop the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.

“In addition, many medical providers nationwide have canceled regularly scheduled appointments to dedicate resources to the COVID-19 response,” the FMCSA stated. “As a result, drivers are unable to obtain appointments for physical examinations with medical examiners to comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.

“Given the national emergency, there is a public need for immediate transportation of essential supplies, equipment, and persons, which requires an adequate and sustained supply of CDL holders, CLP holders, and drivers operating CMVs (non-CDL drivers). This waiver provides needed relief from specified FMCSRS for CDL holders, CLP holders and non-CDL drivers.”

The waiver is effective March 20, 2020 to June 30, 2020.

Download FMCSA’s full waiver here: https://bit.ly/2xiEpgL