25 Mar FMCSA Issues Waiver in Response to COVID-19
FMCSA has issued a waiver in response to COVID-19 outbreaks as several states are experiencing employee absences or have closed offices. As a result, many drivers are unable to renew their CDLs or are unable to provide medical certificates. In addition, many medical providers nationwide have canceled appointments to dedicate resources to the COVID-19 response. As a result, drivers are unable to obtain physicals to comply with the regulations.
Among the provisions, this waiver extends the expiration of CDLs due for renewal on or after March 1, 2020 until June 30, 2020. It also waives the requirement that drivers have a medical examination and certification, provided that they have proof of a valid medical certification that expired on or after March 1, 2020. Drivers claiming relief under this waiver must carry a paper copy of their expired medical certificate. Click here to review the terms, conditions and restrictions of the waiver.
Asmark will not be disqualifying drivers based on expired licenses or medicals that fall within the specified timeframe of the waiver. However, the driver will be marked as “Attention Needed” so the expired license and/or medical remains on the radar to ensure they handle the renewal once the extension period ends. This will be indicated on both Snapshots and the monthly status reports.
Source: Asmark Institute