Hot Sheet
A Publication of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association
March 24, 2020
What Have We Done Lately?

In regard to our efforts to assist our members we have taken the following actions:

* Temporary Modification of Weight Restriction on Interstate Highways in Colorado to 85,000 lbs.

* Extension of IRP Registrations for Colorado-based Carriers for 60 Days

* CDL Extension for Drivers with Hazardous Material Endorsements and Commercial Learner’s Permits

* Hours of Service (HOS) Variance for Fuel Transporters

And more in the works.  Full Details - HERE

We will continue to post updates to our COVID-19 web page, so check back often.

Drug & Alcohol Guidance

ODAPC issued guidance on Drug and Alcohol testing on Monday.  It is attached HERE.


A summary of the guidance states that companies are NOT relieved of drug and alcohol testing requirements.  However, if a company cannot comply with testing due to lack of testing facilities or labs, they must document the reason for non-compliance just as has been required in the past.  This is especially important for post-crash testing.  Companies must continue to do their best to comply with all testing requirements!


Regarding random testing – please remember that you must comply with ANNUAL testing rates.  Therefore, if you do not have access to regular TPAs or testing labs for monthly / quarterly random tests, you do have the ability to change your random testing schedule.  Companies can pause their current random testing schedule and wait for labs and clinics to be more available, and then accelerate the numbers to meet testing numbers by December 31st.   The key – and this is critical – is to NOT notify drivers they have been selected.  Once you take that step, you must complete the process and get drivers tested within the compliance window.


Should you choose to alter your random testing schedule, we do recommend you make an addendum to your drug and alcohol testing policy document that reflects this change.


FMCSA Temporary Waiver for CDLs


FMCSA issued a temporary waiver for States, CDL holders, CLP holders, and interstate drivers operating commercial motor vehicles in response to the COVID-19 emergency. Given the limited availability and operations of State Driver License Agencies and Medical facilities, FMCSA has determined that it is in the public interest to issue a waiver, limited in scope and circumstances, until June 30, 2020. Additionally, FMCSA issued a “Notice of Enforcement Policy” to allow FMCSA to exercise its enforcement discretion in certain cases when a CLP, CDL, or Medical Certificate is expired.


This is not a blanket exemption from the CLP, CDL, and/or Medical Certificate requirements, and drivers and carriers should review the details of the waiver to ensure their operations qualify.  Here are the details:


FMCSA’s Regulatory Provisions Waived:


  • Extends until June 30, 2020, the maximum period of CDL validity by waiving 49 CFR 383.73(b)(9) and 383.73(d)(6) for CDLs due for renewal on or after March 1, 2020.
  • Extends until June 30, 2020, the maximum period of CLP validity by waiving 49 CFR 383.73(a)(2)(iii) and 383.25(c) for CLPs that are due for renewal on or after March 1, 2020, without requiring the CLP holders to retake the general and endorsement knowledge tests.
  • Waives the requirement under 49 CFR 383.25(e) that CLP holders wait 14 days to take the CDL skills test.
  • Waives the requirement under 49 CFR 391.45 that CDL holders, CLP holders, and non-CDL drivers have a medical examination and certification, provided that they have proof of a valid medical certification that was issued for a period of 90 days or longer and that expired on or after March 1, 2020.
  • Waives the requirement under 49 CFR 383.71(h)(3) that, in order to maintain the medical certification status of “certified,” CDL or CLP holders provide the State Driver Licensing Agency with an original or copy of a subsequently issued medical examiner’s certificate, provided that they have proof of a valid medical certification that expired on or after March 1, 2020.
  • Waives the requirement under 49 CFR 383.73(o)(2) that the State Driver Licensing Agency change the CDL or CLP holder’s medical certification status to “not certified” upon the expiration of the medical examiner’s certificate or medical variance, provided that the CDL or CLP holders have proof of a valid medical certification that expired on or after March 1, 2020.
  • Waives the requirements under 49 CFR 383.73(o)(4) that the State Driver Licensing Agency initiate a CDL or CLP downgrade upon the expiration of the medical examiner’s certificate or medical variance, provided that the CDL or CLP holders have proof of a valid medical certification or medical variance that expired on or after March 1, 2020.
  • In accordance with 49 CFR 383.23(a)(1) and 391.41(a)(1)(i), FMCSA continues to recognize the validity of commercial driver’s licenses issued by Canadian Provinces and Territories and Licencias Federales de Conductor issued by the United Mexican States, in accordance with 49 CFR part 383, when such jurisdictions issue a similar notice or declaration extending the validity date of the medical examination and certification and/or validity of the corresponding commercial driver’s license due to interruption to government service resulting from COVID-19. 

Summary courtesy of American Trucking Associations

New CMCA Office Procedures


Due to the new shelter-in-place rules and in an abundance of caution, CMCA will be changing our daily business routines.  We will be limiting public access / walk-ins.


Forms Order Notice:

Because of rising concerns due to the coronavirus, we are encouraging you to have orders shipped to your office in order to limit exposure.   If you would like to pick up forms at our office, or if you would like to place an order, please contact Kate at 303-433-3375 ext. 101 or  and make an appointment for curbside pickup.  An invoice will be tucked into the box.

We are still open for business and will continue to be available to all our members.  Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work to stay safe as a community. 

Beware! Another Scam Mailing

If you receive a notice like the below, please ignore it.  It is the latest in a number of scam emails looking for money and business information.  As always, if you have questions about emails or letters, please feel free to contact CMCA for verification.



FMCSA Clearinghouse Enrollment Is Due Immediately


This is an automated notice regarding the United States Dept. of Transportation Clearinghouse enrollment for CDL drivers. If XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX employes drivers operating under a commercial drivers license or learning permit it must enroll all of such drivers in the U.S. DOT Clearinghouse Program. Regulation CFR 49 Part 382. For more information or assistance with enrollment please call 866-866-0217 (option 7) or visit


Failure to comply with federal regulations may result in failure of a U.S. DOT Audit and penalties (Notices of Claim) assessed during a U.S. DOT Compliance Review. The Clearinghouse regulation is a new federal mandate that has commenced on January 7 2020 and is now due for all motor carriers employing CDL drivers. (CFR 49 382)

Filing Support: 866-866-0217 (Option 7) M-F 8 AM - 6 PM CST

Online application: 
Online Chat:

Colorado Informational Analysis Center
Department of Public Safety

Load Safety and Security of Commerical Motor Vehicles

With Commercial Motor Vehicles being targets for theft, several safety precautions have been identified to mitigate the potential threat.  Full Details - HERE

CMCA Encourages Members and Friends to Help Meet Critical Need for Blood Donations

Full Details - HERE
Special Enrollment Period for Individual Health Coverage Starts March 20 and Ends April 3, 2020

Full Details - HERE

Safety Message
During this unprecedented time in our country, we ask that our members keep the safety of their drivers a high priority.  Remind drivers to be mindful of their surroundings when making deliveries.  Also please advised them to look before exiting their vehicle for individuals that don’t belong in the area.  Provide extra protections, when necessary, for load securement and if necessary, have drivers contact their delivery location for additional support during the delivery of loads.

Crestline Hotels Offering Driver Discounts 

Crestline Hotels, which manages countless hotels nationwide under the Marriott banner, kindly reached out to ATA to offer discounted rates and parking for truckers. “We look forward to helping out and to welcoming any of the hard working men and women who are out there driving so that the rest of us can have the much needed supplies that are needed in this crazy time.”


To that end, attached is a list of hotels across the country with addresses, discounted rates, amenities at each hotel, and a point of contact at each location. This is not their full list of hotels of course, just those that can accommodate truck parking.  Full Details - HERE


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