FMCSA Extends Waivers due to COVID-19 Pandemic
Recently, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) decided to extend select waivers covering various regulatory provisions affecting CDL holders, CLP (commercial learner’s permit) holders, and drivers operating CMVs (non-CDL drivers) that will expire on September 30, 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. These waivers were initially granted at the outset of the pandemic and most have already been extended once before. They are now valid through the end of the year; a necessity FMCSA has determined due to the closure and subsequent limited operations of State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLAs).
More information on the waivers granted can be found below. TCIA welcomes these extensions and looks forward to continuing to update our members on the latest news from FMCSA on CDLs and other related issues.
9/18/20-Waiver in Response to the COVID-19 National Emergency –For States, CDL Holders, CLP Holders, and Interstate Drivers Operating Commercial Motor Vehicles
• Extends until December 31, 2020 the validity of CDLs and CLPs which were due for renewal on or after March 1, 2020.
• Waives requirement that CDL, CLP, Non-CDL drivers have a medical examination subject to certain stipulations through either Oct 31 or Dec 31. until December 31, 2020
• the requirement that CLP holders wait 14 days to take the CDL skills test.
9/18/20- Notice of Enforcement Policy Regarding Expiring Driver’s Licenses and Medical Examiner’s Certificates During Covid-19 National Emergency
9/18/20-Three-Month Waiver in Response to the COVID-19 Emergency – For States and CLP Holders Operating Commercial Motor Vehicles
• Extends until Dec 31, 2020 FMCSAs waiver from the requirement that a CLP holder be accompanied by a CDL holder and from the restriction that limits a State to administering a CDL skills test only to an out of state CDL applicant who has taken driver training in that State.