By Nick Goldstein, vice president of regulatory and legal issues, ARTBA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced several measures to provide regulatory relief within the transportation sector as the nation continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. These include:

  • Easing federal hours of service requirements for drivers transporting medical supplies, groceries, and other items providing emergency relief, via a March 18 emergency declaration;
  • Allowing the holders of expiring commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) to continue operations if emergency-related closures are preventing them from renewing their licenses, via a March 24 waiver; and
  • Offering flexibility on drug and alcohol testing if employers are not able to obtain testing services because of COVID-19-related closures, via March 24 guidance.

Federal agencies, including the FMCSA, are publishing guidance and informational documents to address COVID-19 at a rapid pace. ARTBA will continue to keep our membership informed of these developments as they happen.