FMCSA Extends Emergency Waiver on CDL and CLP Requirements

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently extended, through Feb. 28, its waiver on requirements for commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) and commercial learners permits (CLPs) for truck drivers.

The waiver includes permission to states to allow CLP holders to take the CDL skills test without waiting 14 days after the CLP is initially granted.

Originally issued to address the national COVID-19 emergency, the waiver for CDLs and CLPs permits states to extend the validity of CDLs due for renewal on or after March 1, 2020.

The waiver also extends an exemption from CDL-required medical certification — provided the certification expired on or after Sept. 1, 2021.

FMCSA intends to review the waiver’s status on January 3, 2022, and may act to end it sooner, if conditions warrant.

This article comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Dec. 16, 2021, Grain Transportation Report.

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