FMCSA Extends Temporary Waiver for Expiring CDLs, CLPs, and Medical Cards
Washington D.C. – The Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) has extended a temporary waiver for those whose commercial driver’s license (CDL), commercial learner’s permit (CLP) and/or medical cards expired after March 1, 2020.
The FMCSA is once again providing regulatory relief for drivers and motor carriers in response to the COVID-19 national emergency declaration by President Donald Trump.
The newly issued waiver explains the conditions that led to FMCSA’s decision.
“Many CDL and CLP holders are unable to renew their CDLs and CLPs and are unable to provide medical certificates to their State Driver Licensing Agencies,” the waiver states. “In addition, many medical providers nationwide have canceled regularly scheduled appointments to dedicate resources to the COVID-19 response.”
The FMCSA further explained that drivers have been “unable to obtain appointments for physical examinations with medical examiners to comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs).”
The Agency’s first waiver was issued back on March 24 and was set to expire June 30, 2020.
The extension becomes effective on July 1 and will now expire on September 30, the Agency says.
Additionally, the the Agency also issued a separate Notice of Enforcement stating that, through September 30, the Agency will not take enforcement against drivers for operation of a CMV if the driver held a valid CDL on February 29, or against motor carriers for use of such a driver.
Click HERE to read the entire waiver.