FMCSA Announces One-Year Extension of Paper Medical Certificate Requirement for Commercial Bus and Truck Drivers
The Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) today announced that it is extending by one year, until Jan. 30, 2015, a requirement that interstate commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders retain paper copies of their medical examiner’s certificate and continue to make the document available for review upon request at the roadside by federal and state commercial motor vehicle inspectors. In Dec. 2008, FMCSA issued a Final Rule modernizing, streamlining, and simplifying recordkeeping obligations for drivers, carriers and state governments by requiring that a driver’s medical certification record be merged with state-issued CDLs. States received support from FMCSA to implement the necessary IT system upgrades and merge the records into one, online database – the Commercial Driver’s License Information System (CDLIS). FMCSA announced the one-year extension today to protect commercial drivers from being cited for violations because some states are not yet in full compliance with the new system. For a copy of the Federal Register announcement, see: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/administration/rulemakings/rule-programs/rule_making_details.aspx?ruleid=468
Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Facts
The Seat Belt Usage by Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers (SBUCMVD) Survey showed that the overall safety belt usage rate for drivers of all medium and heavy duty trucks and buses rose from 78% in 2010 to a new high of 84% in 2013.
A number of insureds have been affected by the recent flooding in Illinois. For that reason, Great West Casualty Company will be implementing the following guidelines for insureds affected by this disaster:
• Moratorium on cancellations and non-renewals: Any cancellation or non-renewal issued on or after December 29, 2015, will be withdrawn and policies will be reinstated with no lapse in coverage. No new cancellation or non-renewals will be issued until February 29, 2016, or at a later time deemed reasonable given the insured's circumstance.
• Insurance related time period extensions: Extensions of a minimum of 60 days will be provided for payment of premiums and claims related matters, or longer if deemed necessary.
• Other exceptions to policy or contract requirements, or rating or underwriting rules, depending upon the circumstances.
These guidelines are effective immediately for insureds affected by the flooding with property located in, or around, the following counties in Illinois: Calhoun, Jackson, Jersey, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, Cass, Cumberland, Iroquois, Lawrence, Marion, Menard, Moultrie, Pike, Richland, Sangamon, and Vermilion.
If you have any questions or need clarification on this matter, please contact your insurance agent.