-NWRA Staff
March 24, 2020

NWRA Thanks U.S. DOT for Providing Significant Relief from Regulations

Arlington, VA – The United States Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a Notice of Enforcement Policy regarding expiring driver’s licenses and medical examiner’s certificates during the COVID-19 national emergency.

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) wrote to FMCSA seeking relief from certain regulations including rules regulating driver’s licenses. The Notice of Enforcement Policy is effective March 24, 2020, and expires on June 30, 2020.

“We thank the DOT and FMCSA for issuing the Notice of Enforcement Policy. Many states have closed their State Driver’s Licensing Agencies in response to the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control to use social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith.

FMCSA released its Expanded Emergency Declaration and an accompanying Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document as it relates to Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations during the COVID-19 national emergency. The new declaration and FAQs that specifically exempt waste haulers from HOS are in direct response to a request by the National Waste & Recycling Association in a letter to Acting Administrator Jim Mullen. Other requirements under Parts 390-399, which include vehicle maintenance, inspection and driver qualifications, are also waived for waste haulers.


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