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COVID-19 waivers and exemptions
Several pandemic-related waivers and exemptions from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) have been extended another three months, but new restrictions apply.
The waivers and exemptions include those for:
- Essential supplies: An exemption for the non-routine delivery of certain essential supplies now includes more types of commodities but is limited to being an exemption from the hour-of-service limits. Certain fuels, building supplies, and related materials are now covered by the exemption, but users must report certain information to the FMCSA every month.
- CDLs: A waiver for drivers whose commercial driver’s license (CDL) or commercial learner’s permit (CLP) expired on or after March 1, 2020, remains in place in states that choose to honor it.
- Medical cards: A waiver is in place for drivers whose medical certificate was valid for at least 90 days and expired on or after June 1, 2021.
- CLPs: Waivers from certain other restrictions placed on CLP holders, such as the 14-day waiting period for taking a skills test, also remain in place through the end of November.
Drivers and motor carriers should review the FMCSA’s official waiver/exemption documents to learn all the conditions that need to be met to qualify for the waiver or exemption. They should also document their use of the waiver/exemption in case of an audit
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