The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, the SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration.
IMTA has reached out to a number of different sources to get relevant details specific to IMTA member requests. Upon getting the information, IMTA will share w/the membership and also will be setting up member webinars…so stay tuned.
For the time being, SBA's website
offers a wealth of information to assist with some of the questions you may have. Click here
to review the disaster assistance information provided by SBA.
Posted March 23, 2020
The Iowa DOT has received confirmation that FMCSA is allowing states to extend the expiration dates on Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDLs). The regulations allow states to extend the expiration date for up to one year during emergency situations, however, the state must be back into compliance once the emergency situation is over.
The CDL expiration issue is being handled on a state-by-state basis, but Iowa has extended the expiration date for CDLs until the end of the emergency. Iowa DOT is continuing to issue CDL renewals but are now requiring appointments in order to visit Driver’s License locations across the state.
Iowa DOT has also received notification from FMCSA that they are allowed to extend the downgrading of a CDL due to not having an updated medical certification reported to Iowa DOT. That means that if a driver’s medical certificate on file with the DOT expires, their CDL will not be downgraded. Again, this extension ends at the end of the emergency.
TSA has no immediate plans to close all enrollment centers, but some enrollment centers have closed or will have modified hours. TSA and the USCG encourage all applicants to apply at least 60 to 90 days in advance of expiration to prevent disruption in TWIC validity. If drivers find that their enrollments center is closed, they may request that their TWIC Card be transferred to another Universal Enrollment Services enrollment center or request direct shipment of the card to a designated address. Drivers may contact the UES Call Center at 855-347-8371 Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM Eastern time.
Drug and Alcohol Testing Requirements
FMCSA is not exempting drug and alcohol testing requirements during this time. However, they do realize that compliance may not be possible in certain areas due to the unavailability of program resources, such as collection sites. FMCSA is requiring that carriers make a reasonable effort to located the necessary resources, but in the event that they are not able to conduct a DOT drug or alcohol test they should document why the test was not conducted. Once the emergency is over carriers will be required to conduct the missed tests later in the selection period. This should be the exception, not a blanket waiver for testing.
FMCSA suggests that if testing is an issue, carriers should partner with a different collection site, a mobile collection service, etc. to ensure that they meet testing requirements.
The FMCSA Guidance also requires that nothing waives the requirement to have a negative pre-employment test result prior to permitting a new employee to perform any DOT safety sensitive function. That means that if you do not have a negative pre-employment test result, you may not allow that driver to drive.