New FMCSA Regulations for 2014 and 2015
The Department of Transportation is in the process of increasing safety and compliance protocol, in spite of a severe CDL driver shortage. 2014 was a big year for new regulations, as well as a year for passing exemptions for companies trying to keep up with the requirements.
Many of the new regulations passed were related to medical documentation, and drug/alcohol testing. Some of the biggest were:
- A delay in the CDL/Med Card Merger. This delay allowed CDL holders more time to apply for new medical cards. If CDL holders are not in possession of their new cards by Jan. 30th of 2015, they will not be legally licensed to drive interstate commerce.
- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration began to deactivate DOT numbers of carriers who were not filing their required bi-annual MCS-150 paperwork.
- A new database was created to keep track of drivers who have refused drug and alcohol testing so these drivers could be reported for violations.
- The National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners was created, and all CDL drivers are now required to undergo medical examinations from certified practitioners, as well as file required documentation as proof of these examinations.
- The FMCSA implemented new programs to assist veterans in obtaining CDL certifications and driving jobs.
These were just a few of the regulations that were implemented, and the exemptions the FMCSA were presented with were even greater than the regulations they attempted to implement. 2015 will be another big year for new regulations, as the FMCSA pushes to keep drivers in check and keep our roadways safer. One of the biggest new regulations that will be put in place this year is the cell phone ban.
You can find out more about the new regulations and requirements from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s website.
The new regulations will make it even more complicated for drivers to obtain and retain a CDL license, but all of these regulations are being put in place with the hopes of keeping our roadways safer and more secure. Help us prevent injuries and deaths from truck driving accidents by spreading the word about new regulations and making sure you are up to date with all compliance regulations put in place by the FMCSA.