FMCSA Answers Whether Newly Issued CDL and CLP Waivers Apply to Foreign Truckers
Washington D.C. – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is providing more clarity on whether newly issued waivers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic also extend to drivers from Canada and Mexico.
On March 24, the Agency issued a temporary waiver for commercial drivers whose commercial driver’s license (CDL), commercial learner’s permit (CLP) and/or medical cards have expired or are set to expire after March 1, 2020.
“FMCSA grants, until June 30, 2020, a waiver from certain regulations applicable to interstate and intrastate CDL and CLP holders and to other interstate drivers operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs),” the Agency’s waiver states.
In addition to issuing the waiver, the Agency also issued a separate Notice of Enforcement Policy stating that, through June 30, 2020, the Agency will not take enforcement against drivers for operation of a CMV if the driver held a valid CDL on February 29, 2020, or against motor carriers for use of such a driver.
Stakeholders have been asking for additional guidance as to whether the waivers also extend to foreign drivers operating in the United States.
Last week, the Agency provided that guidance.
“FMCSA continues to recognize the validity of CDLs issued by Canadian Provinces and Territories and Licencias Federales de Conductor issued by the United Mexican States, in accordance with 49 CFR part 383, when such jurisdictions issue a similar notice or declaration extending the validity date of the medical examination and certification and/or validity of the corresponding commercial driver’s license due to interruption to government service resulting from COVID-19.”
Additionally, the Agency also noted its Notice of Enforcement also applies to foreign drivers.
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