COVID-19 has opened the eyes of Americans and has changed the way many businesses operate. During these trying times, truck drivers have been recognized for their valuable role in supplying Americans with essentials needed to survive.
Because of how COVID-19 has changed the way businesses operate, The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced a waiver for CDL holders, CLP holders, and non-CDL drivers that extends the deadline of the renewal for medical cards and CDLs until February 28. The FMCSA also loosened up some restrictions to make it easier for new drivers to complete the CDL testing.
What to do before February 28, 2021
- If your CDL was up for renewal on or after March 1, 2020, you need to renew it by February 28, 2021.
- If your medical examination and certification expired on or after June 1, 2020, you have until February 28, 2021, to renew your DOT physical.
In addition to the extension on the deadline for medical cards and CDL renewals, the HOS portion of the waiver has also been extended to February 28, 2021, or until the President declares the COVID-19 national emergency over.
Drivers providing direct assistance to relief efforts for COVID-19 such as medical care, transportation of vaccines, and supplies related to the COVID-19 are granted emergency relief from Parts 390 through 399 of the FMCSRs
Direct assistance does not include routine commercial deliveries, including mixed loads with a nominal quantity of qualifying emergency relief added to obtain the benefits of the Emergency Declaration.
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