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Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Announces Hours of Service Extension Waiver Due to COVID-19

September 03, 2021
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced an extension of the current exemptions which provide regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance in support of emergency relief efforts related to COVID-19.

This declaration provides relief of maximum driving time for property-carrying vehicles, that includes food, medical supplies, and sanitation materials related to the prevention of COVID-19 according to the FMCSA’s emergency declaration extension. The new extension shall remain in effect until 11:59 P.M. (ET), November 30th of this year.

The FMCSA also officially extended waivers for commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) and commercial learners permits (CLPs). FMCSA permits, but does not require, states to extend the validity of CDLs and CLPs and to waive the 14-day waiting period and grants other waivers from certain regulations applicable to interstate and intrastate CDL and CLP holders and to other interstate drivers operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). Given the national emergency, there is a continued public need for the transportation of essential supplies, equipment, and persons, which requires an adequate and sustained supply of CDL and CLP holders in addition to drivers operating CMVs (non-CDL drivers)

FMCSA intends to review the status of this waiver as of October 1, 2021 and may take action to terminate the waiver sooner if conditions warrant.

For additional questions please contact mmartinez@calstrawberry.org

To view FMCSA’s COVID-19 emergency declaration extension: https://link.calstrawberry.com/z8k

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