November 25, 2015
2016 APA Winter Conference Feb. 23-25, see a sneak peak here.
October 20, 2015
House T&I Committee introduces surface transportation reauthorization & reform legislation, read more.
September 1, 2015
Tianjin, China explosions create uncertain shipping delays, read more here.
August 6, 2015
Senate confirms new PHMSA Administrator, Marie Dominguez.
June 29, 2015
FMCSA grants APA HOS waiver request, see notice.
June 26, 2015
CPSC announces drop in fireworks related injuries, read more.
June 5, 2015
APA supported legislation to safeguard seaports from disruptions introduced by Sen. Cory Gardner (CO)
June 3, 2015
President Obama nominates next PHMSA Administrator.
May 22, 2015
Remember to Celebrate Safely this holiday weekend as we remember our U.S. heros.
May 12, 2015
June 1 deadline for GHS Labeling & SDSs requirements, members click here for guidance
April 23, 2015
PHMSA reminds Hazmat shippers & carriers of emergency response responsibilities, see notice.
April 8, 2015
FMCSA issues Final Rule on Civil Penalties, read more.
April 1, 2015
PHMSA to clarify policy on additional name item fireworks Approvals, read more here.
March 24, 2015
Prepare for the season with APA Safe-T First, members click here.
February 25, 2015
Delays may continue despite West Coast Port labor resolution, read more
February 13, 2015
West Coast Port delays escalate, APA members click here for guidance.
Highlights & News
FMCSA Delays CDL Medical Card Requirements Until 2015
Today the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a Final Rule in the Federal Register extending to January 30, 2015 the requirement that interstate commercial drivers carry their medical certificates. Interstate motor carriers are also required to retain copies of their drivers’ medical certificates in their driver qualification files.
The extension delays the January 30, 2014 implementation date of a provision which would have allowed holders of either a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) to leave their medical cards at home once their medical certification status was entered onto their state driving record. (APA Advisory 2014-01).
CDL and CLP drivers are still required to certify their status (e.g., interstate or intrastate, exempt or non-exempt) with the State Driver License Agency (SDLA) agency before January 30, 2014 and to provide their SDLA a copy of any new medical certificate received after January 30, 2012
This action was taken by FMCSA to provide state licensing agencies more time to process certification information from their CDL licensees and to prevent commercial drivers from being cited for violations because some states are not yet in full compliance with the new reporting system.