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News Archive

2020 UCR registration period delayed; 2018 registration closing Sept. 30

September 23, 2019 - The beginning of the 2020 Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) period has been delayed until further notice.

In addition, UCR will officially close the 2018 registration year on September 30, 2019. For more information, visit the UCR website.

Registration for the FMCSA Clearinghouse begins for 2020

September 20, 2019 - Registration for the Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse begins this fall. The Clearinghouse is a database that has information about violations of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s drug and alcohol testing program for holders of commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs).

Those who register will be able to access the Clearinghouse on January 6, 2020 when it becomes operational. For more information, visit clearinghouse.fmcsa.dot.gov/.

FMCSA proposes revisions to Hours of Service rules

August 16, 2019 - The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has proposed revisions to the Hours of Service rules to increase safety, and is seeking public comment. Key changes being proposed include:

  • Tying the 30-minute break requirement to eight hours of driving time without an interruption for at least 30 minutes. 
  • Modifying the sleeper berth exception to allow drivers to split their required 10 hours off duty into two periods.
  • Allowing one off-duty break of at least 30 minutes, but not more than three hours.
  • Modifying the adverse driving conditions exception by extending by two hours the maximum window during which driving is permitted.
  • Changing the short-haul exception by lengthening the drivers’ maximum on‑duty period from 12 to 14 hours and extending the distance limit from 100 to 150 air miles.

Full language on these changes is available on the FMCSA website, and includes instructions on how to submit any comments you may have. The public comment period will be open for 45 days, beginning August 14.

Commissioner Anderson Kelliher signs extension on relief from hours of service requirements

August 7, 2019 – Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher signed an extension to executive order 19-33. The extension, which went into effect on August 3, gives carriers and drivers transporting gasoline, diesel fuel, or fuel oil an additional 30 days of relief from certain hours of service requirements.

Emergency Executive Order provides relief for carriers transporting certain fuels

July 10, 2019 - On Wednesday, July 3, Governor Tim Walz signed an emergency executive order providing relief from some of the hours of service regulations for carriers and drivers that are providing direct assistance to emergency relief efforts and transporting gasoline, diesel fuel or fuel oil.

Emergency Executive Order provides relief for drivers transporting anhydrous ammonia and other fertilizers

May 16, 2019 - On Friday, May 10, Governor Tim Walz signed an emergency executive order exempting drivers and carriers who are transporting anhydrous ammonia and other fertilizers and providing direct assistance for emergency relief efforts from some of the hours of service requirements.

Emergency Executive Order provides relief from certain regulations for those assisting with winter storm emergency relief efforts

April 16, 2019 - On Friday, April 12, Governor Tim Walz signed an emergency executive order providing relief to carriers and drivers that are assisting with emergency relief efforts in Minnesota due to damage caused by the recent winter storm. The order is in effect until May 12, 2019.

The executive order exempts those interstate carriers assisting in the restoration of electrical power to affected areas of the state from laws pertaining to unified carrier registration (UCR), international registration plan (IRP) and international fuel tax agreement (IFTA). Drivers and carriers providing assistance in the emergency relief efforts are also exempt from certain federal regulations, such as the hours of service requirements.

Governor signs Emergency Executive Order for drivers and carriers transporting forage

April 1, 2019 - On Friday, March 29, Governor Tim Walz signed an emergency executive order allowing carriers and drivers to transport forage (i.e. grass and hay) at a size and weight above the legal limits without having to obtain a permit. Vehicles operating under this order are not allowed on the interstate system, and must comply with posted limits on roads and bridges.

UCR extends 2019 registration grace period

March 29, 2019 - The Unified Carrier Registration Plan (UCR) recommends that states delay enforcement of the plan until May 1, 2019. See the latest news from UCR for more information.

Emergency Executive Order exempts vehicles transporting materials for flood prevention and mitigation

March 26, 2019 - On Friday, March 22, Governor Tim Walz signed an emergency executive order exempting vehicles transporting sand, gravel, and other materials used for flood prevention and mitigation from the spring load restrictions.

The relief from spring load restrictions in the executive order does not apply to vehicles operating with a road construction materials permit.

Emergency Executive Order provides relief for vehicles pumping or transporting sewage

March 15, 2019 - On Thursday, March 14, Governor Tim Walz issued an emergency executive order exempting vehicles used to pump or transport sewage from the spring load restrictions when providing emergency septic system pumping services.

Commissioner Kelliher signs extension to Emergency Executive Order 19-04

March 8, 2019 - Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher has signed an extension to Emergency Executive Order 19-04, giving carriers and drivers transporting propane and other fuels 15 additional days of relief from certain hours of service requirements.

The extension begins March 10, and will continue through March 25.

Emergency Executive Order for drivers and carriers transporting propane and fuels

February 25, 2019 - On Friday, February 22, Governor Walz signed an emergency executive order exempting drivers and carriers transporting propane and other fuels from some of the hours of service requirements. The order applies to those drivers and carriers that are providing direct assistance for emergency relief efforts.

Complaints regarding misleading letter sent to motor carriers

February 12, 2019 - MnDOT is getting calls from registered motor carriers who received a letter requesting them to update their USDOT information online. One such letter is from DOTService.com, which is not affiliated in any way with MnDOT or the USDOT. The letter indicates the motor carrier will be fined or their USDOT number will be deactivated if they don’t comply.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has a web page with information about fraudulent letters and tips for motor carriers to follow: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration/fraudulent-and-misleading-marketing-new-fmcsa-applicants.

Anyone receiving fraudulent letters, or wanting to know if a correspondence is fraudulent, can contact the federal transportation fraud hotline at https://www.oig.dot.gov/hotline or call 800-424-9071.

UCR Registration for 2019 is now available

January 2, 2019 - Carriers can now complete their 2019 UCR registration. See the press release and visit our unified carrier page for more details.

FMCSA’s updated ETA guide moves online; renamed The Motor Carrier Safety Planner

December 28, 2018 - FMCSA’s Educational and Technical Assistance (ETA) guide has moved online and has been renamed The Motor Carrier Safety Planner. This online guide provides explanations and templates to understand and comply with the Federal safety regulations for motor carrier operators and drivers.

FMCSA Revises Diabetes Regulations for Interstate Drivers

October 12, 2018 - The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has revised its guidelines to allow drivers with insulin-treated diabetes who meet certain conditions to drive commercial vehicles across state lines. There are no current plans to change the Minnesota law on the topic.

Electronic Logging Device (ELD) rule

Visit FMCSA ELD for guidance.

FMCSA no longer accepting expired versions of MCS-150 forms

You may either access the updated forms, or update online with your USDOT PIN.