A CDL is not required to operate our NWT2000, making it one of our most popular water trucks. But to operate most of our water trucks, fuel trucks, and fuel & lube trucks, a CDL is required. The FMCSA proposes new guidelines and requirements each year for operators to ensure the safety of drivers and the public. 2018 is no different. Let’s look at these changes for new and licensed CDL drivers.
New DOT Drug Tests
On January 1, 2018, operators with a CDL will test for four new drugs. This has had a direct impact on recruiting efforts across the industry. Hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, and oxymorphone will be added to the list. The opioid epidemic continues to wreak havoc on the United States and CDL operators are not immune. The DOT will no longer test for MDEA but have added MDA to the list. To ease administrative tasks and lower costs, employers will no longer need to submit blind specimens to labs.
In 2016, a rule passed moving medical cards to an electronic registry. This rule will take effect in July 2018. Drivers will no longer need to carry a medical card or submit it to the state.
The Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) requirement passed in 2016 has clarity. When President Trump took office, he placed a freeze on regulatory requirements pending review. The freeze was later lifted and CDL drivers must comply with this new regulation by February 7, 2020.
ELDT sets new minimum training standards for individuals applying for Class A or Class B CDL. This requirement will also affect CDL drivers looking to upgrade their license. For example, a Class B driver must meet these new minimum training hours when seeking a Class A license.
Whether you’re for or against these new CDL requirements for 2018, it is important to stay compliant. Companies that operate equipment such as water trucks and fuel trucks can have huge repercussions if they choose to not follow these new regulations.
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