FMCSA extends CDL, CLP waiver BUT Michigan's extension expired May 31

Michigan DOES extend medical exam certificate waiver through November 30

  • Proof of a valid medical certification and any required medical variance (such as an exemption letter or a skill performance evaluation certificate);
  • The certification was issued for a period of 90 days or longer; and
  • The certification was set to expire on or after June 1, 2021.

If your drivers(s) need to renew their CDL or CLP, MTA urges that they make an online SOS appointment immediately.

For questions regarding CDLs, CLPs or medical certifications, call the CDL Helpline at 517-636-7474, MCTS at 800-682-4682 or

Governor Whitmer issues proclamation recognizing trucking's essential services
National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (NTDAW) began Sunday and runs through Saturday, September 18.

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (NTDAW) is an important time for America to pay respect and thank all the professional truck drivers for their hard work and commitment in undertaking one of our economy's most demanding and important jobs.

In recognition of these everyday heroes, Governor Whitmer, at MTA's request, has issued a proclamation designating this week in Michigan as Truck Driver Appreciation Week.
Commercial Carriers Journal- President Biden took his longest step to-date in the ongoing crusade against COVID, announcing that the Department of Labor will require all employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated or show a negative test at least once a week.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is developing the rule, which is expected to impact more than 80 million unvaccinated workers in private sector businesses with 100 employees or more, and will issue an Emergency Temporary Standard to implement it.

Freight Waves- The Internal Revenue Service said the per diem for transportation workers in the 2021-22 period will be rising to $69 for travel in the continental U.S. and up to $74 for travel outside the continental U.S. Both figures represent an increase of $3.

The new rate goes into effect October 1, the start of the federal budget year. The earlier rate had been in effect since 2018-19.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has issued a bulletin on the acceptance of electronic documents during roadside inspections and compliance reviews.

Join us tonight at 7:00 pm as MTA announces the Driver of the Year and Fleet Safety Grand Champion award winners LIVE via Zoom; it's free but you must pre-register.

Winners of the Pandemic Response Awards will also be honored.
Thank you again to our Conference & Annual Meeting President's Club sponsors
Commercial Carriers Journal- A Florida federal court has issued an extensive 59-page opinion and order in a five-year saga over a cargo claim involving a truckload of beef that shifted in transit.

The decision in Scotlynn USA Division v. Titan Trans provides guidance on important legal issues for the trucking industry.

Commercial Carriers Journal- apollo ELD by assured Techmatics was posted on Transport Canada’s website as a certified ELD on September 1, bringing the total to four ELDs listed on the country’s ELD registry.

Group also issues call for driver input on job motivations and satisfaction
The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has launched the 2021 Top Industry Issues Survey. The annual survey asks trucking industry stakeholders to rank the top issues of concern for the industry along with potential strategies for addressing each issue. 

Industry stakeholders are encouraged to complete the survey available through ATRI’s website by clicking here or using the above embedded QR code. The survey will remain open through October 15, 2021.
ATRI has also launched a new data collection initiative to better understand the motivating factors for being an owner-operator, independent contractor, or company driver.

Drivers are asked to provide input through an online data collection form that will measure what job-related factors contributed to becoming an owner-operator, independent contractor, or company driver and whether those expectations have been met. 

The data collection form is available online and drivers are asked to complete the survey by Friday, September 17, 2021. 

All submitted data will be kept strictly confidential and participants will receive an advance copy of the full report.
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