FMCSA extends COVID-19 waiver for commercial driver training

A three-month waiver lifting certain restrictions for drivers with learner’s permits has been reissued and extended until Sept. 30 to ensure an adequate supply of drivers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As with the original waiver, which was due to expire on June 30, the extension lifts the requirement that a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holder be accompanied by a commercial driver’s license (CDL) holder in the front seat of the vehicle while the CLP holder operates a commercial motor vehicle on public roads or highways “provided that the CDL holder is elsewhere in the cab,” according to FMCSA.

The original waiver, issued on March 28, was in response to social distancing guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which led to state driver license agencies (SDLAs) being unable to process and issue a CDL to CLP holders who had passed the driving skills test.