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DRIVE-Safe Act
Hours of Service - In effect 9/29/2020
Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse
Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine for Trucks - East Coast Advisory
Electronic Logging Devices (ELD)
Entry Level Driver Training - Delayed until February 2022
Human Trafficking Resources
Agency Websites

DRIVE-Safe Act
The Developing Responsible Individuals for a Vibrant Economy Act, or DRIVE-Safe Act creates a pathway for 18-21 year olds to receive their CDL for interstate travel if they complete rigorous training programs.

Hours of Service
The FMCSA's new hours of service rules went into 9/29/2020. Most critically, drivers will now be required to take a 30 minute rest break only after 8 hours of driving time rather than 8 hours of on-duty time. The new rules also make changes to the short haul exemption, adverse driving condition exception and the sleeper berth provisions. Information on the new rules is available here. A lawsuit against the rules has been filed by safety groups and the Teamsters but no action has been taken in the case thus far. 

Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse
The FMCSA updated it’s website with information about the Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. As of January 6, 2020, truck drivers are required to register and give their consent for motor carriers to check their record. Employers subject to the final rule will be required to query the Clearinghouse as part of every pre-employment driver investigation, and at least annually for drivers they employ to verify they do not have an unresolved drug and alcohol program violation.  Employers will be charged a fee for conducting queries and plans are available for purchase. Purchase plan options are here.

Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine 
Areas in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and most recently, West Virginia are attempting to contain the spread of the spotted lantern fly, an invasive species that feeds on fruit trees. Some quarantined areas require that most truck drivers have permits indicating they have received eradication training. Trucks that are caught traveling with lanternflies onboard in quarantined areas during inspections could be placed out of service. A report is here. Information about permits is here.

Electronic Logging Devices (ELD)
The FMCSA's Electronic on Board Recorder Final Rule requires that ELD’s record vehicle location at every change of duty status and at a minimum of 60 minute intervals and must be able to transfer data electronically for roadside inspections.  Companies currently using “ELD-like” devices may continue to use their devices until December 2019 at which point their ELD’s must comply with the rule’s specifications.  

The FMCSA published an ELD guide for drivers. Designed to be printed and stored under the visor of a commercial vehicle, the publication provides both an overview and troubleshooting tips for common questions or concerns that arise during data transfer. 

CSA Safety Ratings

Compliance Safety and Accountability (CSA) is an FMCSA safety compliance and enforcement program.

Driver Training

Entry-Level Driver Training
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a delay until February 7, 2022 in its national training requirements that would revise the standards required for new commercial vehicle driver’s licenses. The measure was originally set to go into effect Feb. 7, 2020. The delay allows the agency to complete development of the Training Provider Registry and provides state licensing agencies time to modify their information technology systems.   
Veteran Drivers
The FMCSA's program to expedite commercial drivers licensing for veterans.

Human Trafficking Resources
The Department of Homeland Security provides resources on how to recognize and respond to human trafficking.
Truckers Against Trafficking supplies training and certification programs for motor carriers.

Transportation Agency Websites

Department of Transportation
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Federal Highway Administration
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration