The final clearinghouse rule that will establish a DOT database of drivers who have failed or refused a drug test has just been published by the FMCSA in the Federal Register. The ruling goes into effect on January 4, 2017, with a compliance date of January 2020.
It has come to my attention that many truckers are becoming increasingly anxious that they may be subject to unwanted enforcement attention due to their CLDs expiring soon, and that they are unable to renew due to action out of their control.
I wanted to ease your concerns by sharing a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Enforcement Notice on Expiring Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDLs), Commercial Learner’s permits (CPLs) and Non-CDL Drivers (NCDLs).
Specifically, FMCSA has granted a waiver for drivers of commercial motor vehicles that currently have a valid CDL or CPL that may be expiring to continue to be valid until June 30, 2020.
These measures have been adopted in response to many U.S. States experiencing greater than normal employee absences, or having to close their State Driver Licensing Agencies.
This follows guidance FMCSA received from the U.S. Center for Disease Control to use social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The following FMCSA Enforcement Notice on Expiring Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDLs), Commercial Learner’s permits (CPLs) and Non-CDL Drivers (NCDLs) was subsequently adopted, because many commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers are unable to renew their driver’s license and are unable to provide medical certificates to their State Driver Licensing Agencies.
I came across a matter with a client that highlights the confusion for specialty motor carriers operating commercial motor vehicles in the trucking marketplace. Specifically, this client was having significant issues complying with hours of service based on the type of vehicles deployed.
Earlier this week the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a final rule changing commercial driver’s license (CDL) regulations to make it easier for military service members to obtain jobs in the trucking industry.