(July 2, 2020) If your driver’s license, license plates, or medical cards expired between March 1st – July 31st of this year, you have until September 30th to renew those. Keep that date in mind and get it done before you start harvest. Illinois Secretary of State’s offices are slowly opening back up for business. Wear your own Personal Protection Equipment (i.e. a mask) as they won’t be provided. You can also call ahead and ask about online options for conducting your business.
(July 2, 2020) September 1st is the Harvest Season Permit open date – you must get that permit from the appropriate jurisdiction to haul 10% overweight.
(June 29, 2020) The Illinois Department of Transportation has discontinued overweight waivers as the state enters recovery stage. All loads must return to normal gross and axle weight limits.
(June 22, 2020) The FMCSA has offered some additional waivers. Due to availability of medical examiners and closure of Driver Licensing Agencies the FMCSA will not take enforcement actions until at least September 30 if:
- A Commercial Driver’s License or Commercial Learner’s Permit expired March 1 or later.
- If a medical card expired March 1 or later.
(June 5, 2020) President Trump signed an Executive Order instructing agencies and executive departments to use emergency authorities to speed infrastructure investments that will strengthen the economy and return Americans to work on the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic. Similar to the previous Executive Order on Regulatory Relief to Support Economic Recovery, this order will direct agencies to identify regulations that can be changed and/or temporary regulations that should be made permanent. Specifically, the order will:
- Direct federal agencies to use their emergency and other authorities to support and accelerate the Nation’s economic recovery and improve America’s infrastructure
- Expedite construction of highways and other projects designed for environmental, energy, transportation, natural resource, and other uses
- Expedite Civil Works projects under the purview of the Army Corps of Engineers
- Instruct the Interior, Agriculture, and Defense Departments to use emergency and other authorities to accelerate projects on Federal lands
- Continue the Administration’s efforts to reform burdensome and outdated bureaucratic processes that prevent projects from moving forward
- Rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure after decades of neglect due to political inaction, poor resource allocation, and a broken permitting process
The Order also outlines emergency regulations and procedures impacting implementation of the Endangered Species Act (Section 7), National Environmental Policy Act (Section 6) and the Clean Water Act (Section 8).
(May 21, 2020) Governor Pritzker has activated the IL National Guard to assist four counties with flood fighting efforts over the coming days. Guardsmen will be tested for COVID-19 and provided Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Secretary of State’s Office
In an effort to maintain movement of essential items throughout Illinois and the Nation, The Secretary of State will open three facilities to process Commercial Driver’s Licensing (CDL) transactions only. This includes: CDL Written Tests, Pre-Trip Testing and Road Testing. Three strategic facilities will be opened to assist CDL applicants/drivers statewide. The following facilities are available:
Effective April 27:
Springfield, 2701 South Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL. Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Effective April 28:
West Chicago, 1280 Powis Road West Chicago, IL 60185. Tuesday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Saturdays, 7:30 am-2:00 pm.
Marion, 1905 Rendleman Street, Marion, Il 62959. Tuesday: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm, Wednesday – Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday: 7:30 am – 12:00 pm.
For CDL driving tests, those previously on the list and were postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions will be contacted first to reschedule. Phone lines will be opened Wednesday April 29 for those who need to schedule a driving test. These facilities will be practicing Social Distancing Guidelines. These offices are not supplying applicants/drivers with gloves or masks. As instructed by the governor, it is encouraged for all applicants/drivers to wear personal protective gear.
A hotline has been set up to schedule the driving portions of the CDL test. To schedule a CDL road/skills test, please call 217-785-3013.
Illinois Secretary of State’s offices, including local offices, are closed to the public due to the COVID-19 virus. Expiration dates for driver’s licenses, identification (ID) cards, vehicle registrations (including truck registrations) and other transactions and document filings will be extended by 30 days.
Many transactions with the Secretary of State’s office may be conducted online at www.cyberdriveillinois.com. Customers are encouraged to take advantage of these online services, some of which include:
- obtaining a duplicate driver’s license or ID card,
- renewing a vehicle registration,
- obtaining a driver record abstract,
- renewing a standard driver’s license with the Safe Driver Renewal program,
- filing Business Services documents such as incorporations and annual reports,
- customers with issues involving administrative hearings may contact 312-793-3722 or 217-782-7065.
The Department of Homeland Security has deemed agriculture as a critical industry, allowing agriculture to operate as normal. While this is an extremely important designation, read below for specific details on waivers to trucking rules.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
On Friday, March 13th, The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a national emergency declaration to provide hours-of-service regulatory relief to commercial vehicle drivers transporting emergency relief in response to the nationwide coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This declaration lasts until June 14, 2020.
Beginning June 15th, 2020, the wavier from hours of service limitations will continue only for these products:
- Livestock and livestock feed;
- Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis, and treatment of COVID-19; and
- Supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19, such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap, and disinfectants.
Hauling of all other products must return to normal hours of service operating regulations. The wavier for the above products has been extended until July 14, 2020, or upon the termination of the national emergency declaration, whichever is first.
To ensure continue safety on the nation’s roadways, the emergency declaration stipulates that once a driver has completed his or her delivery, the driver must receive a minimum of 10 hours off duty if transporting property, and 8 hours if transporting passengers.
(March 31, 2020) Ag groups ask for additional relief: The FMCSA previously issued relief from hours of service restrictions for those hauling essential supplies relating to COVID-19. Those supplies did not include agriculture outside of livestock haulers. More than 50 ag groups sent a letter to the FMCSA requesting for additional relief for agriculture from hours of service. Additionally, the letter requested relief from restrictions associated with drug testing and agriculture related driver’s licenses. These requests have not yet been granted.
Locks and Dams
(Updated March 31, 2020) The planned lock closures on the Illinois River are still on schedule for summer 2020. Currently all locks and dams are in operation. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has shut down parks but are still operating locks and dams.