CVSA Updates Med Card Enforcement Bulletin

The Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) issued an updated inspection bulletin to roadside enforcement personnel extending the time period for acceptance of drivers’ medical cards as evidence of medical qualification in cases when the electronic (CDLIS) record shows no medical information is on file with the State.

Drivers may now use their medical cards during roadside inspections for up to 60 days from date of issuance (the previous limit was 30 days) to demonstrate medical qualification.  Beginning on the 61st day, if the information is still not reflected on the CDLIS record, the guidance directs officers to cite drivers for failing to supply the required medical information to the state (49 C.F.R. §383.71(h)) rather than for being medically unqualified (49 C.F.R. §391.41(a)(1)).  This will not result in an out-of-service violation.  At any point however, even within the first 60 days, if the State has cancelled, downgraded, disqualified, revoked, suspended, etc. the driver’s license due to a lack of medical information on file, the driver will be placed out-of-service.

There is Still Time to Complete ATRI’s Operational Costs of Trucking Survey

The American Transportation Research Institute’s 2015 Operational Costs of Trucking survey is still open for response.  Through a brief online survey, ATRI seeks to capture basic cost information from for-hire carriers such as driver pay, fuel costs, insurance premiums and lease or purchase payments.  Carriers are asked to provide full year 2014 cost per mile and cost per hour data.

There has been a great response from carriers so far and we would like to thank everyone who has completed the survey. I

f you have not submitted your information yet, please take a few minutes to complete the confidential survey online at