Qualification of Drivers; Skill Performance Evaluation; Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Application for Renewal Exemption
FMCSA announces its decision to renew the exemption for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) from the requirement that the Skill Performance Evaluation (SPE) Certificate be issued to interstate truck and bus drivers by the FMCSA. The exemption enables interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers who are licensed in Virginia and are subject to the Federal SPE requirements, Alternative physical qualification standards for the loss or impairment of limbs, to continue to fulfill the Federal requirements with a State-issued SPE Certificate, and to operate CMVs in interstate commerce anywhere in the United States.
Hours of Service (HOS) of Drivers; American Pyrotechnics Assn. (APA); Request To Add New Members to Current APA Exemption
FMCSA announces its decision to grant an exemption to three additional member companies of the American Pyrotechnics Association (APA)Artisan Pyrotechnics Inc., Montana Display Fireworks, Inc., and ZY Pyrotechnics, LLC dba Skyshooter Displays, Inc.from the prohibition on driving commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) after the 14th hour after the driver comes on duty. During the 2017 Independence Day period 51 APA members held such an exemption, effective during the period June 28 through July 8 each year through 2020. APA advised FMCSA of the discontinuance of the exemption for one carrier; with the addition of the three new members the total increases to 53. The exemption granted to the three carriers will terminate at the same time as the other 50 exempted carriers. FMCSA has determined that the terms and conditions of the exemption ensure a level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety achieved without the exemption.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)
FMCSA announces its decision to deny applications from four individuals treated with Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs) who requested an exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) prohibiting operation of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce by persons with a current clinical diagnosis of myocardial infarction, angina pectoris, coronary insufficiency, thrombosis, or any other cardiovascular disease of a variety known to be accompanied by syncope, dyspnea, collapse, or congestive heart failure.