FMCSA Issues Declaration

FMCSA Issues Declaration of Hours of Service Relief for Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers Transporting Emergency Relief Supplies

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a national emergency declaration to provide regulatory relief for drivers transporting emergency relief supplies in response to the Coronavirus outbreak.  The FMCSA is granting an exemption from Parts 390-399 of the FMCSRs, which cover hours of service, parts, and accessories needed for safe operation, and longer combination vehicles. FMCSA’s declaration provides for regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts intended to meet immediate needs for:

  • Personnel to provide medical or other emergency services.
  • Food for emergency restocking of stores.
  • Equipment, supplies and persons necessary for establishment and management of temporary housing and quarantine facilities related to COVID-19.
  • Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19.
  • Persons designated by Federal, State or local authorities for transport for medical, isolation or quarantine purposes.
  • Supplies and equipment, including masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants, necessary for healthcare worker, patient and community safety, sanitation, and prevention of COVID-19 spread in communities.

Fuel is under consideration for inclusion in this exemption.

You can consult the full exemption declaration here.

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