181721874 | Florin Seitan | Dreamstime
Covid 19 Truck Driver 61a61dfa23110

FMCSA extends COVID-19 waivers, declarations

Nov. 30, 2021
Agency that regulates trucking last extended the pandemic-related rules on Aug. 31—and is bound to extend them again.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced extensions Monday of several COVID-19 emergency waivers and declarations that were due to expire today but now are set to last until at least Feb. 28.

The hours-of-service waivers and declarations provide regulatory relief regarding maximum driving time but apply only to sectors of the trucking industry that are involved directly in pandemic relief efforts, including the transportation of medical supplies and equipment related to testing, diagnosis, and treatment of COVID-19, according to FMCSA.

The extended rules also apply to truckers who haul:

  • Vaccines, products, and medical supplies and equipment, including supplies/kits for the administration of vaccines, related to COVID-19 prevention.
  • Supplies and gear necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community COVID-19 transmission such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and soap.
  • Supplies to assist individuals impacted by the consequences of the pandemic, such as building materials for individuals displaced or otherwise impacted as a result of the emergency.
  • Food, paper products, and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores.
  • Gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and ethyl alcohol.
  • Livestock and livestock feed.

FMCSA said reporting requirements previously established remain in effect. To be eligible for the waivers and declarations, the transportation must be both of qualifying commodities or related to the restoration of those essential supplies.

FMCSA also extended the CDL and CLP waivers in force under certain circumstances.

For medical examinations, FMCSA also waives the requirement that drivers have a medical examination and certification, provided they have proof of a valid medical certification and any required medical variance issued for a period of 90 days or longer and expired on or after Sept. 1.

FMCSA also extended waivers related to third-party CDL skills test examiners and CLP holders operating commercial motor vehicles.

About the Author

FleetOwner Staff

Our Editorial Team

Kevin Jones, Editorial Director, Commercial Vehicle Group

Josh Fisher, Editor-in-Chief

Jade Brasher, Senior Editor

Jeremy Wolfe, Editor

Jenna Hume, Digital Editor

Eric Van Egeren, Art Director

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of FleetOwner, create an account today!

Sponsored Recommendations

Leveraging telematics to get the most from insurance

Fleet owners are quickly adopting telematics as part of their risk mitigation strategy. Here’s why.

Reliable EV Charging Solution for Last-Mile Delivery Fleets

Selecting the right EV charging infrastructure and the right partner to best solve your needs are critical. Learn which solution PepsiCo is choosing to power their fleet and help...

Overcoming Common Roadblocks Associated with Fleet Electrification at Scale

Fleets in the United States, are increasingly transitioning from internal combustion engine vehicles to electric vehicles. While this shift presents challenges, there are strategies...

Report: The 2024 State of Heavy-Duty Repair

From capitalizing on the latest revenue trends to implementing strategic financial planning—this report serves as a roadmap for navigating the challenges and opportunities of ...