The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has published updated hours of service (HOS) rules for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. All Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) must be updated to comply with new FMCSA HOS rule by: September 30, 2020 – CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS

Vermont DMV will start conducting commercial vehicle safety inspection details this week, with a few changes.  Drivers are asked to wear a facial covering when interacting with Inspectors and maintain social distancing.  Please do not linger by the Inspector’s vehicle and notify the Inspector if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been around someone that is positive for COVID-19.  Drivers can expect Inspectors to wear facial coverings and maintain social distancing.  Inspectors may photograph documents instead of physically handling them.  Everyone’s health and safety will be the top priority and patience will be necessary as drivers and Inspectors work together to complete safety inspections and improve highway safety.

FMSCA Extension and Expansion of Emergency Declaration – CLICK HERE 

FMCSA has published a waiver related to Commercial Learners Permit (CLP). The official notice can be found here. The waiver does the following:

Waives the requirement under 49 CFR 383.25(a)(1) that a CLP holder be accompanied by a CDL holder, with the proper CDL class and endorsements, seated in the front seat of the vehicle while the CLP holder operates a CMV on public roads or highways. Under the terms, conditions, and restrictions of this waiver, a CLP holder may operate a CMV on public roads or highways without an accompanying CDL holder present in the front seat of the vehicle, provided that the CDL holder is elsewhere in the cab, the CLP holder is in possession of evidence from the testing jurisdiction, including an authorized third-party tester, that the CLP holder has passed the CDL driving skills test, and, unless the FMCSA waiver issued on March 24, 2020 applies, that the CLP holder has a valid non-CDL driver’s license, CLP, and medical certificate.

Waives the restriction under 49 CFR 383.79(a) that limits a State to administering a driving skills test, in accordance with subparts F, G, and H of 49 CFR part 383, to a non domiciled CDL applicant who has taken driver training in that State. Under the terms, conditions, and restrictions of this waiver, a State may elect to administer a driving skills test to any non domiciled CDL applicant, regardless of where the applicant received driver training.

Weekly CMV Report – CLICK HERE

Two very important documents were completed last night relating to CDLs and Medical Cards as well as a PHMSA notice relating to HM Training.  Please see below for description and links. 
Enforcement Notice on Expiring CDLs 
This Notice of Enforcement Policy, effective from March 24, 2020 to June 30, 2020, provides needed relief from specified FMCSRs for CLP holders, CDL holders, and non-CDL drivers and motor carriers using those drivers.  This Notice of Enforcement Policy applies to all CLP holders, CDL holders, and non-CDL drivers whose license was issued for less than the maximum period established by 49 CFR 383.25 and 383.73 and was valid on February 29, 2020 and expired on or after March 1, 2020.

Emergency Declarations Page
Previously Issued Documents:
Guidance for Conducting Investigations
Attached is guidance for conducting investigations during the COVID-19 National Emergency, focusing on conducting Off-site investigation, particularly on moderate Risk 1 Carriers across the country.  The policy also provides flexibility in the carriers that can be assigned an offsite investigation.  We will continue to monitor the situation and provide more guidance on High Risk and other carriers required to have an onsite investigation at a later date. Also included for reference is the original policy.
Drug Testing Guidance
ODAPC has posted guidance relating to the Drug and Alcohol Program during this time of National Emergency.  That document can found at https://www.transportation.gov/odapc/compliance-with-dot-drug-and-alcohol-testing-regulations.  We will be adding that link to our Declaration page as well.  Additional information specific to FMCSA operations is currently under discussion, but this initial guidance provides important information for employers and employees subject to drug and alcohol testing.


VTBA’s objectives shall be to: promote a motor transport system which will serve the citizens of Vermont reliably, efficiently, safely, and economically; serve as an advocate for motor transport before federal, state and municipal government bodies; communicate the mission of motor transport to the general public through media and personal appearances; foster the principles of the Association through promotion of its services that may enhance the operation of its participating members; encourage cooperation, courtesy, and safety among highway users; encourage  construction and maintenance of safe and adequate highways; provide insurance programs for the benefit of the members, their employees and their dependents; continue to identify and implement new programs and services that are beneficial to the Association and its members and to do all the things incidental and necessary for said objectives within the provisions of the law.