Please find below updated information on federal activities related to our industry and implications of COVID-19.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Last night, FMCSA published a set of FAQs (found HERE
) specifically regarding actions State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLA) or commercial driver’s license holders may take during the public health crisis that are permissible under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations. This information may be helpful as it relates to retention of current drivers and new hires.
On Thursday, FMCSA issued a waiver (found HERE
) to state driver’s license agencies that allows third parties to play a role in the issuance of new Commercial Driver’s Licenses. A FAQ document is attached to help state driver’s license agencies understand how to utilize the new authority.
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
On April 10, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a “Notice Highlighting Existing Options Related to Hazardous Materials Shipping Papers and Social Distancing during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency” (found HERE
). This notice provides clarification that current hazmat transportation regulations allow flexibility regarding the exchange of shipping papers and signatures that meet social distancing practices.