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Commercial drivers with Fed-Med card have a deadline to watch


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) -- Commercial truck drivers have a new federal law to pay attention to, and there is a deadline to comply with a new requirement.

Alison Lebwohl is with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. She says the big change is centered around what’s called the Fed Med card. Lebwohl says commercial drivers do not have to worry about if they need the card or not because those regulations haven’t changed. She says the big change is that states need a copy of the card. “If you operate in interstate, and you are required to carry that document, the DMV is now required to have a copy of that on record.”

Lebwohl says there are over 300,000 commercial drivers in Wisconsin, and so far, over 200,000 have met the requirement. She says there are many that let their Fed-Med card expire. The DOT is trying to reach about 20,000 drivers that need to beat the January 30th deadline “So, if you anticipate operating in interstate commerce, go ahead, certify “Tier One” and keep a copy of your card on record with us. We’ll let you know when it’s about to expire. We have an online app so you can monitor it, make it easier for you to stay on the road, and that will make sure that you can go where you need to go in the future and be in compliance with federal regulations.” Trucking companies can also use the website to keep track of their employee’s documents to make sure they are driving legally.

The DOT’s website has tools to let truckers upload a copy of their Fed-Med card. “If you’re a Tier One driver who needs to needs to give us a copy of your Fed-Med card, you can upload it right there, and for folks who are uploading their Fed-Med card, we’ll key that in behind the scenes. It will be up there within ten days, and you can hop back on any line and check both whether it’s been keyed in and the expiration date as well.”

Lebwohl’s advice for truck drivers that may be put to work outside of Wisconsin to go ahead and register as a Tier One commercial driver and get the Fed-Med card on file, because that gives drivers the ability to be ready for any trip they may have an opportunity to take.