The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has yet again provided relief for truck drivers who are struggling to renew their licenses, learner’s permits, or medical cards due to the ongoing pandemic.
On December 15 2020, the FMCSA issued a new waiver to provide relief for commercial driver’s license (CDL) and commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holders whose licenses expired after March 1, 2020 and those whose medical cards expired on or after September 1, 2020.
The waiver extension is effective through February 28, 2021, giving drivers a few extra months to renew expired licenses, permits, or medical certificates.
The FMCSA has issued multiple waivers for truck drivers with expiring CDLs, CLPs, and medical certifications. The previous waiver was set to expire on December 31, 2020.
The FMCSA explained that due to the public health emergency, state drivers licensing agencies in many states shut down completely or experienced higher than normal employee absences, making it tough for truckers to get their expiring licenses renewed on time.
The FMCSA also pointed out that many medical care providers have cancelled regular appointments due to the COVID-19 crisis, making it harder for truck drivers to obtain the necessary physical exam to obtain their medical certificate.