-NWRA Staff
March 18, 2020

NWRA Seeks Relief on Expiring Commercial Drivers Licenses, Drug Testing, and Physicals During COVID-19

Arlington, VA – In a letter to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) requested relief on expiring commercial drivers licenses, guidance on drug testing and extensions for expiring physicals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“While the healthcare system is fully focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, NWRA is requesting FMCSA provide relief from expiring physicals and guidance to comply with drug testing. Furthermore, some states have reduced hours or closed offices that have impacted our drivers whose licenses are about to expire. We believe an exemption from these regulations would allow our member companies to safely respond to waste generated during the pandemic,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith.

NWRA continues to engage with Congress, the Trump administration and state governments during the pandemic, seeking appropriate relief from certain regulations to ensure that the collection and processing of waste and recycling can continue during the COVID-19 pandemic.


The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry. Association members conduct business in all 50 states and include companies that manage waste, recycling and medical waste, equipment manufacturers and distributors, and a variety of other service providers. For more information about NWRA, please visit www.wasterecycling.org.

Brandon Wright
National Waste and Recycling Association