Waiver in Response to the COVID-19 Emergency –
For States, CDL Holders, CLP Holders, and Interstate Drivers Operating
Commercial Motor Vehicles
March 24, 2020
AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.
ACTION: Grant of waiver.
SUMMARY: FMCSA grants, until June 30, 2020, a waiver from certain regulations applicable to interstate and intrastate commercial driver’s license (CDL) and commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holders and to other interstate drivers operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). The Agency has initiated this action in response to the President’s declaration of a national emergency under 42 U.S.C. § 5191(b) related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
DATES: This waiver is effective March 20, 2020 and expires on June 30, 2020. Read More»
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced on its website fees for the 2020 Unified Carrier Registration Plan (UCR): https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety/fees-unified-carrier-registration-plan-and-agreement.
PLEASE NOTE: UCR fees for the 2020 registration period will only become effective upon publication in the Federal Register. We expect this to occur within the next few days. Of course, UCR will make a new announcement when the 2020 fees are officially published in the Federal Register.
UCR Registration at www.ucr.gov
The UCR National Registration System (www.ucr.gov) will be ready to handle registrations when the final rulemaking is published. For support or questions, call 1-833-UCR-PLAN or send an email to email@example.com.
Recommended Enforcement Timing
State enforcement of the UCR registration requirements commonly begins January 1. But since the opening of the 2020 registration period was delayed several months, UCR is requesting states delay enforcement until May 1, 2020.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is increasing the minimum annual percentage rate for random controlled substances testing for truck drivers.
According to a document published in the Federal Register on Dec. 27, the agency is increasing the minimum annual percentage rate for random drug testing from 25% of the average number of driver positions to 50% of the average number of driver positions. This change will take effect Jan. 1, 2020.
For reference, FMCSA estimates there are 3.2 million commercial driver license holders participating in interstate commerce and 1 million CDL holders participating in intrastate commerce. Under the annual random testing rate of 25% of all driving positions, this meant at least 1.05 million random controlled substances tests were to be conducted. With a new annual random testing rate of 50%, approximately 2.1 million random tests will need to be conducted in 2020.
The FMCSA CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse will be fully operational on January 6, 2020. Starting on this date, employers, including owner-operators, will need to be registered to:
- Conduct queries to access a driver’s Clearinghouse record, after obtaining the driver’s consent. Beginning January 6, you will be required to conduct a full query in the Clearinghouse before hiring any CDL driver.
- Designate a consortium/third-party administrator (C/TPA), if you work with one, which enables your C/TPA to access the Clearinghouse on your behalf. This is a requirement of all owner-operators.
- Purchase a query plan, which must be in place before you, or your designated C/TPA, can conduct queries.
- Report violations of FMCSA’s drug and alcohol testing program.
You can prepare for January 6 by registering for the Clearinghouse today. (If you have an FMCSA Portal account, ensure you have the correct Portal user role in place.)
FMCSA Updates SMS Website
FMCSA has updated the CSA SMS Website with the November 29, 2019 results.
Complete SMS results are available to enforcement users and motor carriers that are logged into the SMS. Logged-in enforcement users can view all carrier safety data, while logged-in motor carriers can only view their own data. If you are a motor carrier and do not have login credentials, please click here for more information on how to obtain your PIN.
Beginning December 17, 2019, at 12:01 a.m., motor carriers and drivers subject to the ELD rule must use self-certified ELDs that are registered with FMCSA to record their hours-of-service data. If a driver or motor carrier fails to use an ELD when one is required, the driver and motor carrier will be in in violation of the ELD rule and will be cited in accordance with 49 CFR 395.8(a)(1); and the driver will be placed out-of-service in accordance with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance OOS criteria.
Don’t forget to:
Exceptions and Exemptions to the ELD Rule Will Remain in Effect
The ELD exceptions delineated in the ELD rule and the ELD exemptions announced by FMCSA will not be impacted by the December 16 deadline. Motor carriers and drivers who operate under these exceptions and exemptions will continue to be able to use alternate methods of record-keeping after ELD full compliance goes into effect.
To learn more about the phases of ELD Implementation, view the ELD Implementation Timeline
NEW: Searchable ELD Frequently Asked Questions
The ELD website now offers an easier way to view the frequently asked questions on the ELD rule and technical specifications. Browse by categories or search by key terms to find the information you need.
Visit the new ELD FAQs page
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CLEARINGHOUSE REGISTRATION IS NOW AVAILABLE
Authorized users can visit https://clearinghouse.fmcsa.dot.gov/register and create a user account. Register today to ensure you are ready on January 6, 2020, when the Clearinghouse will be fully operational.