CVTA is concerned for all its members' instructors regarding the self-certification, medical certificate deadline:
On January 30, 2012 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration began requiring CDL holders to identify if they conduct intrastate or interstate commerce and if they hold non-excepted or excepted status. Most truckers are classified under non-excepted interstate commerce and must furnish a current medical examiner's certificate to state agencies.
Those who do not need to have a license renewal, upgrade or transfer during the two-year implementation process still must self-certify and provide the certificate, often called a DOT card, by the 2014 deadline.
State agencies who do not receive self-certification, medical certificates and any required variance from CDL-Holders by the compliance deadline must notify drivers that they are no longer medically certified in non-excepted interstate commerce. State officials will remove all CDL privileges from their licenses.
Please do not take this lightly. Have your instructors certified before the January 30, 2014 deadline. The following link provides a wealth of information.
If you need clarification or assistance, contact Cindy Atwood at the CVTA office (703) 642-9444 or click here.
Until the next time.