Access links to interim guidance and other resources for preventing exposure to and infection from COVID-19 here.
FMCSA Extends HOS Rules to December 31, 2020
FMCSA has again extended its emergency declaration that was set to expire September 14, 2020. The notice extends the emergency declaration to December 31, 2020. Deliveries of these products are exempt from Parts 390 – 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Currently the following four commodity classes are covered by the declaration.
The declaration only covers “direct assistance in support of emergency relief efforts” and does not cover routine commercial deliveries, including mixed loads with a nominal quantity of qualifying emergency relief.
To monitor the current status of FMCSA’s declarations, go to www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency-declarations.
6/15/2020: Waiver for States, CDL Holders, CLP Holders, and Interstate Drivers
6/8/2020: Three-Month Waiver in Response to the Economic Consequences of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency - To Relieve Employers of Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers Subject to 49 CFR Part 382 from Certain Pre-Employment Testing Requirements. Click here.
4/13/2020: FAQs for SDLA or CDL Holders
4/9/2020: Waiver for States Concerning Third Party CDL Skills Test Examiners in Response to COVID-19
4/1/2020: State and Local Shelter in Place and Other Restrictions on Movement
TSA Extends Expiration Date of Certain Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWIC). To view the exemption notice, click here.
Hazardous Materials Enforsement (HME) Relief
TSA is has granted an exemption that permits State licensing entities to grant an up to 180-day extension on a Hazardous Materials Endorsement (HME) security threat assessment for drivers whose HMEs expired on March 1, 2020, or later within 180 days of the notice's publication in the Federal Register. Learn more here.
Please note that non-truck driving passengers in the truck are not considered essential and will be prohibited from crossing the border. To avoid potential delays and issues at the border only commercial truck drivers should be in the truck. A commercial truck driver passenger that is part of a team operation is allowed.
As of 12:01 a.m. on June 4, 2020, the New York State Thruway began collecting cash tolls again.
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The Thruway Authority will extend already approved Annual LCV/Tandem Operations Application/Permit (A Form) expiration dates until the Office of Traffic Management can process and mail approved renewal applications. However, companies must send in the renewal as required prior to the expiration date. While your renewal is being processed, your expired permit will remain valid.
Driver Permits (Special Permit to Operate Tandem Trailer Vehicles on the New York State Thruway) that have expired on or after March 16, 2020, will remain valid as long as the driver still meets all Authority, Department of Motor Vehicle and/or V & T requirements and will remain valid until the driver’s renewal can be processed by the Authority. During this time, Tandem Companies are required to send in driver renewal applications, along with proper documentation, to the Office of Traffic Management prior to the Driver’s Permit expiration date referenced on the Driver Card previously provided by the Authority.
This policy does not apply to any NEW companies seeking to be approved to haul Vehicles in Tandem Combinations on the Thruway or drivers seeking a new Driver’s Permit (not issued previously).
This policy will take effect immediately and will continue until further notice.
All driver licenses, permits, non-driver identification cards and vehicle registrations that expired March 1, 2020 or after and vehicle inspections that expired March 31 or after were previously extended and continue to be extended by Executive Order. In addition, the federal REAL ID enforcement deadline has been extended until October 1, 2021.
General OD and annual crane questions
General OD and film questions
Annual overweight load permit questions
As designated critical transportation infrastructure, all maritime facilities and supply chain distribution partners in the Port of New York and New Jersey are open for business as usual. For regular updates on the Port, you can sign up for the Breaking Waves newsletter here.
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has moved to collect tolls by electronic means and temporarily suspends cash toll collection. Drivers that would normally pay cash should proceed through the toll booth without stopping. A photo of the license plate of the vehicle will be taken and an invoice will be mailed to the registrant. More information is available here.