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FMCSA extends COVID-19 relief, but with new restrictions/additions


On August 31, FMCSA has once again extended (with revision) seven emergency waivers, extensions, and guidance documents enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These documents were due to expire, but the continuing impact of COVID-19 has led the agency to extend them yet again, until November 30. They include the following:

  1. Extension and amendment of Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 under 49 CFR 390.25;
  2. Guidance on cross-border transportation;
  3. Waiver for states, CDL holders, CLP holders, and interstate drivers operating CMVs;
  4. Enforcement policy regarding expiring driver’s licenses and medical examiner’s certificates;
  5. Three-month waiver for states and CLP holders operating CMVs;
  6. Frequently asked questions for state driver licensing agencies and commercial drivers regarding permissible actions during the COVID-19 emergency; and
  7. Waiver for states concerning third party CDL skills test examiners in response to the COVID-19 emergency.

Be sure to read the new documents to ensure compliance. The latest extensions are not identical to earlier ones and include some important new restrictions/additions. For example, number (1) above requires carriers to report their exemption usage to FMCSA within five days after the end of each month!

SOURCE: FMCSA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Resources; FMCSA webpage