On 3/25/2020 - Secretary of US Department of Transportation Elaine Chao praised America’s truck drivers for their response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) with these words:
“First, let me thank all of you, and especially America’s truck drivers, for your heroic action during this difficult time,” Chao said. “I know it hasn’t been easy! But the whole country is cheering on America’s truckers and motor carrier drivers, as they work tirelessly to keep our country’s supply chains strong and our economy moving. Please pass along my sincere thanks to your staff, and especially the drivers on the frontlines, who are working to deliver food, medical supplies, cleaning products, paper goods and other critical supplies to communities throughout our country. You are true heroes!”
Dates to watch:
2/7/2022 - New compliance date requiring minimum training standards for drivers wishing to obtain a CDL or upgrading their CDL class. A motor carrier must ensure their drivers undergo entry level driving training, per requirements in Part 380. This training will go on their driving record. (Original set to go into effect on 2/7/2020, but FMCSA delayed to complete development of the training provider registry.)
1/6/2023 - National Drug/Alcohol Clearinghouse will be the source for the previous employer inquiries related to drug/alcohol testing. Note: On 1/6/2020, motor carriers were required to start using the Clearinghouse to conduct pre-employment and annual queries, as well as report drug/alcohol violations. During the first few weeks of operation, nearly 8,000 violations were reported.
News For Drivers Holding Commercial Learner's Permits:
- Texas DPS has placed instructional videos on their website to help drivers prepare for the pre-trip test for their CDL.
CLICK HERE to access videos.
- Good news for livestock haulers, and persons who transport horses for shows. FMCSA has granted several exceptions.
CLICK HERE to determine if you qualify.