News On Wheels
Start of 2020 UCR Registration Period Remains Delayed
Representatives from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration confirmed that the start of the 2020 UCR registration period remains delayed until further notice while the agency completes its rulemaking process on fee levels for next year. 
 
Once the final rulemaking is published in the Federal Register, thereby officially establishing UCR fees for 2020, the UCR Board of Directors will recommend that states delay enforcement for three months from the start of the registration period.  

MoDOT will send a postcard and email to carriers when we receive notice to begin the 2020 registration process.
2020 Blanket OSOW Permits Available Now
All MoDOT blanket permits for oversize and/or overweight loads expire on Dec. 31. MCS is currently issuing permits for 2020 and will continue through the new year.

FEES - per vehicle
Annual blanket emergency overweight permit (round trip)—$624;
Annual blanket oversize permit—single commodity—$128;
Annual blanket oversize permit—multiple commodity—$400;
Annual blanket overweight well drillers or concrete pump truck permit—$300;

Blankets issued after March 31 are prorated according to calendar quarter. Fees for those in effect April 1 – Dec. 31 are reduced by 25%. Those for July 1 to Dec. 31 are reduced by 50% and so on.

When ordering online, save time by keeping in mind that our system now allows up to 50 vehicles to be attached to a blanket permit, except for those that are overweight.
Gather Supporting Documents Ahead of IRP Renewal
Apportioned license plate renewals must include:

Reporting of actual miles accrued by the fleet during the mileage reporting period. For Dec. renewals, report miles from July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019. 

Submission of a personal property tax receipt listing all vehicles

Submission of an IRS 2290 Form - Heavy Vehicle Use Tax receipt

Renewal applications are due the first day of the quarter in which the plate expires. Payment is due the first day of the month of expiration. Penalties apply after due dates.


We encourage carriers to file an application and to pay online. Find step-by-step instructional guides on using MoDOT Carrier Express.

Please note that phone lines are busiest in the weeks between the payment due date and shortly after plate expiration - for the next period, that means the phones will be busiest Dec. 1-31 and into the early weeks of January.
State Offices Close early Christmas Eve

Governor Michael Parson ordered all State offices to close at 1 p.m. on December 24.

“Teresa and I hope this gives our state team members extra time to spend with their loved ones, as it is our family and close friends who truly make Christmas a joyful time of year,” Governor Parson said. “May we take a moment over the holiday to rejoice, give thanks, and reflect on the special relationships we have in our lives. From our family to yours, we wish everyone peace, joy, and a very merry Christmas.”
Online Timesavers:
Order IFTA Decals and Reprint Cab Cards
Why is it that when you need to make a simple request, MoDOT's phones are at their busiest?

Often, you can find an answer to your need on the MoDOT MCS website.

Need additional IFTA decals?  Visit  www.modot.org/IFTA  and look for the USER GUIDE "Request Additional IFTA Decals." It lists the simple steps to place an order.

Need another copy of a cab card?
Visit  www.modot.org/IRP  and look under ONLINE IRP FUNCTIONS USING MODOT CARRIER EXPRESS for "Reprint a Cab Card."
Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Mandate
Effective January 6, 2020, all motor carriers employing drivers requiring a CDL must report drug and alcohol violations to the Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse. Driver pre-employment queries to the Clearinghouse must also be conducted prior to CDL driver employment.  

The Clearinghouse is a secure on-line database which will provide access to real-time information, ensuring drivers committing drug and alcohol violations complete the necessary steps before getting back behind the wheel or performing a safety sensitive function.  

Motor Carrier Responsibilities:
  • Create an account with the Clearinghouse if one or more drivers is subject to the FMCSA drug and alcohol testing requirements
  • Conduct pre-employment queries to verify prospective drivers do not have prior drug or alcohol violations
  • Verify the return to duty process if prior violations are discovered
  • Conduct queries of the Clearinghouse at least once a year on current drivers
  • Report any drug and alcohol violations discovered on your CDL required drivers
  • Continue to conduct a 3 year previous employer inquiry for drug and alcohol violations until January 6, 2023.

Please visit https://clearinghouse.fmcsa.dot.gov/ to register, choose a Query Plan and find more information.   

New Entry-Level Driving Training Requirements

Effective Feb. 7, 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) established new minimum training standards for drivers applying for a CDL for the first time or upgrading their CDL (e.g., a Class B CDL holder seeking a Class A CDL). The new training standards also apply to drivers applying for a hazardous materials (H), passenger (P), or school bus (S) endorsement on their CDL for the first time. 
 
These drivers are subject to the Entry-Level Driver Training requirements and must complete a prescribed program of theory (knowledge) and behind-the-wheel (BTW) (range and public road) instruction provided by an entity that is listed on FMCSA’s Training Provider Registry. For more information, visit FMCSA’s Entry-Level Driver Training website.
 
ELD Mandate for Full Compliance Now in Effect         
 
The third and final phase of the ELD Mandate went into effect Dec. 17, 2019. 
All drivers and carriers subject to the rule must use self-certified ELDs that are registered with FMCSA. To learn more about the ELD rule or to see if you are exempt from ELDs, visit FMCSA’s ELD Home Page.
Rehab Set for I-70's Eastbound Blanchette Bridge in St. Charles
Next spring, the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70's Blanchette Bridge (MM 229) begins.

While repairs such as replacing expansion joints, repairing the steel structure, sealing the bridge deck and full paint replacement are underway, traffic will be impacted in both directions.
Eastbound I-70 will be reduced from five lanes to four lanes; two of those lanes will cross over to the current westbound bridge.

Westbound I-70 will be reduced from five lanes to three lanes. These lane restrictions will be in place until late Fall 2020. Additional lanes will be closed during nighttime hours.

In 2021, traffic impacts will be limited to eastbound I-70 only. The entire project will be completed by late Fall 2021.

When the start date approaches, MoDOT will encourage drivers to use Missouri Route 370 or I-64 as alternate routes.

For more information, please visit modot.org/i-70-blanchette-bridge-project .
Receive updates, alerts, and additional information by sending an email to BlanchetteI70@modot.mo.gov
Making the most of the MoDOT Traveler Information Map
Be better informed for winter travel
MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map supplies road condition information all year 'round, but it is most popular during winter months when it's good to know what road conditions are on the routes you plan to travel.

Local crews supply the information used to rate whether roads are covered, partly covered or mostly clear. Find photos and descriptions of each condition at

To get an actual picture of traffic, tap into MoDOT's traffic cameras. Click the toggle to bring up the cameras, then zoom into an area. Click the camera icon and up pops a view of the traffic lanes. One popular use in our office - visual checks of road conditions as winter storms move across the state.

Cameras tend to be located where congestion occurs. Note that the map includes some camera views on the Kansas side of the KC metro area. (Thanks, KC Scout!)

Find winter functions - mobile devices
Open the MoDOT Map app and touch the menu icon (AKA - the "hamburger"). Click the toggle for road conditions to activate. This will automatically turn off the traffic conditions option.
Click the toggle for traffic cameras to activate. Pinch and zoom to look for cameras in your area of concern.
Desktop version - additional tools
Use the LINKS button at the top right to find links to our neighboring states' winter road condition websites. You can also find a text report of road conditions by route name.

Chrome users: To adjust Site Settings to allow Flash to operate, click the "Not Secure" information button in the URL bar, then choose Site Settings. Go to Flash and Select "Allow." Press F5 to reload and pictures will appear.

Consider following MoDOT Social Media accounts for winter weather announcements during breaks from the road:
Lincoln Day - February 12
MoDOT offices closed mid-week

Please be aware that the Official Missouri State Holidays call for Lincoln Day to be celebrated on President Lincoln's actual birthday, Feb. 12, when it falls within a work week.

MoDOT offices will be closed on WEDNESDAY, Feb. 12.

Road crews will be called to work if weather makes plowing and treating necessary.
Dates of Note
December
1 - Carriers with apportioned plates that expire Dec. 31 must pay renewal fees by this date.
24 - Christmas Eve - State offices close at 1 pm by order of Governor Parson
25 - Christmas Day (Wednesday)- MoDOT offices closed
31 - 2019 OSOW Blanket permits expire
- 2019 IFTA license expires.
- 2019 Intrastate Authority stickers expire
January
1 - New Years Day (Wednesday)- MoDOT offices closed
- 2020 Intrastate Operating Authority decals must be displayed (no grace period)
- 2020 IFTA decals should be displayed
- Carriers with apportioned plates that expire March 31 must file a renewal application by
this date to avoid a penalty
20 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - MoDOT offices closed
31 - IFTA 4th Quarter 2019 and 2019 Annual Filing Due
February
12 - Lincoln Day - MoDOT offices closed - NOTE - This is a Wednesday
17 - Washington's Birthday - MoDOT offices closed
March
1 - Carriers with apportioned plates that expire March 31 must pay renewal fees by this date
to avoid a penalty
MISSOURI STATE HOLIDAYS
MoDOT Offices Closed
Wed., Dec. 25 - Christmas Day
Wed., Jan. 1 - New Years Day
Mon., Jan. 20 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Weds., Feb. 12 - Lincoln Day
Mon., Feb. 17 - Washington's Birthday
Fri., May 8 - Truman Day
OSOW HOLIDAY RESTRICTIONS
During these periods, oversized loads are not allowed to use Missouri highways.
Christmas - Dec. 24 - Dec. 26, 2019
2020
New Years Day - Dec. 31 - Jan. 2
Memorial Day - May 22 - May 26
Independence Day - July 3 - July 6
Labor Day - Sept. 4 - Sept. 8
Thanksgiving - Nov. 25 - Nov. 30
Christmas - Dec. 24 - Dec. 28
Restricted periods begin at noon on the first day and end 30 minutes before sunrise on the last day.