School bus drivers who need a new physical have until July 31, 2020 to complete one
In response to the request submitted by the Pennsylvania School Bus Association, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation granted the extension to waive the annual physical exam requirement for school bus drivers under 67 Pa. Code §71.3.
The waiver applies to any school bus driver with proof of a valid physical exam that expired on or after March 13, 2020.
School bus drivers who need a new physical exam have until July 31, 2020 to complete one.
According to PennDOT, this waiver does not apply to:
- drivers who cannot provide proof of physical exam expiring after March 13, 2020;
- new drivers who have never competed a physical exam;
- drivers who have been diagnosed with a medical condition that would disqualify the driver from operating a school bus, since their last physical exam;
- drivers who have developed a condition that requires a medical waiver, since their last physical exam; and
- drivers required to undergo additional 3-month examinations under 67 Pa. Code §71.3(b)(4)(B)(I) unless the driver has completed the required 3-month exam.
A school bus driver should be able to satisfactorily perform the following activities demonstrating the school bus driver meets the intent of this section:
- Walk around a school bus
- Pennsylvania school buses have a maximum length of 45 feet and width of 102 inches. Drivers should be able to satisfactory walk at least 107 feet without problem.
- Bend to check underneath the bus unassisted by any medical apparatus
- The bottom of a school bus chassis is typically three (3) feet off the ground.
- Climb and descend the school bus steps—normally 3 steps—which are each 12-16 inches high.
- While using the right foot only, alternate between the service brake and accelerator
- Necessary strength and flexibility to operate all controls with hands and feet.
- Hold the service brake—the main brake on the bus—with the right foot with 40-60 lbs. of force for 60 seconds.
- Move quickly and easily from the driver’s seat, through the aisle, and exit the rear emergency exit of the school bus.
- School bus aisles have a minimum clearance of 11 and 3/4 inches wide, with a typical clearance of 15 inches.
School bus drivers are responsible for the safe transportation of our most precious cargo, our children. It is imperative that every school bus driver is physically capable of not only safely operating the school bus, but also performing critical safety functions in the event of an emergency while operating that school bus.
CDL and Medical Card Waiver Extended Until Sept 30, Due To COVID-19
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended a temporary waiver that deals with expired commercial drivers licenses (CDLs) and medical cards after March 1st, 2020, due to the COVID-19 health emergency.
The extended waiver now gives drivers until September 30, 2020 to renew their commercial driver’s licenses, commercial learner’s permits and medical cards. This extension only applies to drivers whose CDL, CLP or medical card expired on or after March 1.
Additionally, drivers with an expired medical card are required to carry a paper copy of the expired medical card until it is renewed and drivers with DOT medical cards, issued for at least 90 days, that expire after March 1, 2020 may continue to operate without a new DOT physical exam.
The original temporary FMCSA waiver was set to expire June 30. However, the government recognized that state licensing facilities and medical offices performing DOT physicals may be closed or have restricted hours or staffing.
The FMCSA also issued an Enforcement Notice, explaining that it will “exercise its enforcement discretion to not take enforcement action” against drivers and motor carriers that fall under the terms of the waiver. However, we have seen some roadside enforcement still give violations out when drivers are meeting the waiver guidelines.
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These incorrect violations can be challenged with the DataQ process and CNS can help. Our consultants are well-versed in the FMCSA rules and regulations, as well as what an officer is required to note on their report. Whether you would like our consultants to challenge one Data-Q, or review all roadside inspections monthly to report which violations are able to be challenged – we have a cost effect solution for your company.
Regarding accident reporting, each employer must notify FMCSA within 5 business days of an accident involving any driver operating under the terms of this waiver. For more information on accident reporting during the waiver, go to the FMCSA press release.
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Waived through June 30
Due to the effects of COVID-19, the US Department of Transportation will not enforce certain licensing and medical certification renewal regulations for drivers whose credentials expired on or after March 1, 2020.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a waiver Tuesday extending commercial driver’s license and commercial learner’s permit validity until June 30 for those that expire on or after March 1. CLP holders will not be required to retake the general and endorsement knowledge tests if utilizing the waiver.
The notice also waives the requirement for drivers to have a medical exam or certification, as long as the drivers have proof of a valid medical certification that was issued for at least 90 days and expired on or after March 1.
The waiver follows President Trump’s national emergency declaration on March 13 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. FMCSA says a number of states have more employee absences than normal or closed offices, making it difficult for commercial drivers to renew their licenses. Additionally, FMCSA notes many medical service providers have canceled regularly scheduled appointments, not allowing drivers to get appointments for DOT physicals with medical examiners.
In addition to the above waivers, the notice also:
- Waives the requirement that CLP holders wait 14 days to take the CDL skills test.
- Waives the requirement that truckers provide states with a medical examiner’s certificate, as long as they have proof of a valid med cert that expired on or after March 1.
- Waives the requirement that states change drivers’ med cert status to “not certified” upon the expiration of the certificate if it expires after March 1.
- Allows FMCSA to continue to recognize the validity of Canadian and Mexican commercial licenses when those jurisdictions issue similar notices extending license validity
CNS is now offering appointments for DOT medical card exams. The service will be provided at CNS headquarters, located at 38 Copperfield Circle, Lititz PA 17543 as well as onsite exams across PA for fleets. The service will also extend to PA School Bus medical exams.
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