Current – Emergency Declarations, Waivers, Exemptions & Permits

Details for all Disaster Declarations for Connecticut, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and Virginia.

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is coordinating with the following states that have Declared Emergency Declarations. We recommend you check each State’s Web site and search for “Issued Emergency Declarations” if you are interested in more details. For those carriers or drivers interested in providing services or need to understand FMCSA regulations, the following applies:

Emergency Declaration Information
To provide vital supplies and transportation services to a disaster area in the United States, emergency declarations may be issued by the President, Governors of States, or FMCSA. These declarations trigger the temporary suspension of certain Federal safety regulations, including Hours of Service, for motor carriers and drivers engaged in specific aspects of the emergency relief effort. See 49 CFR 390.23 for the actual emergency regulation.

Relief from Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations is limited to a maximum of 30 days, unless extended by FMCSA itself.

The information below reflects currently available relief:

  1. These Federal exemptions, when in effect, only apply to 49 CFR Parts 390-399. They do NOT apply to CDL, drug/alcohol, hazardous materials, size & weight, or State/Federal registration and tax requirements. (However, a Governor’s Declaration may add some of those exemptions—read the declaration for details.)
  2. Even if an Emergency Declaration is still in effect, the emergency must be on-going and you must be providing direct emergency relief in order to be exempt from safety regulations.
  3. The list of Emergency Declarations below may not be complete. Declarations may be in effect even if not listed here.
  4. Drivers and carriers should coordinate with State and Federal emergency officials before providing assistance.
  5. Even though safety regulations may be suspended, drivers and carriers are expected to use good judgment and not operate vehicles with fatigued or ill drivers, or under any conditions presenting a clear hazard to other motorists using the highways.

FMCSA will update the Web site as new information becomes available.

 

Connecticut

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Notice of Emergency Exemption from Hours of Service of Drivers (PDF) 2/7/2013 2/13/2013
Waiver of International Registration Plan (IRP) Requirements for Connecticut (PDF) 2/8/2013 In effect until further notice
Declaration of Disaster Emergency by Governor Dannel P. Maloy (PDF) 2/8/2013 3/8/2013

Kansas

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Kansas Governor Issues Executive Order to Aid in Oklahoma Storm Cleanup (PDF) Effective immediately In effect until the expiration of the Declaration of Regional Emergency issued by FMCSA or 15 days (June 5, 2013) whichever is less

Maine

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Governor’s Emergency Proclamation for US DOT Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Hours of Service Waiver (PDF) 2/8/2013 2/12/2013

Massachusetts

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Massachusetts Declaration of Emergency Notice (PDF) 2/9/2013 2/16/2013
Massachusetts Governor’s Declaration of Emergency (PDF) 2/8/2013 In effect until further notice
Massachusetts Executive Order (PDF) 2/8/2013 In effect until further notice

Minnesota

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Governor’s Emergency Declaration Provides Relief for Transporters of Motor Fuel in Minnesota (PDF) 5/23/2013 6/22/2013
Governor, Mark Dayton Declares an Emergency and Provides Relief from Regulations to Motor Carriers and Drivers Operating in the State of Minnesota (PDF) 4/11/2013 5/11/2013

Missouri

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Missouri Grants IFTA and IRP Waiver in Support of Oklahoma Disaster Assistance (PDF) 5/24/2013 6/14/2013

New Jersey

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Emergency Declaration Allows an Exemption to Hours-of-Service Regulations for Delivery of Heating Fuels (PDF) 2/11/2013 2/18/2013

New York

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Certain Hours-of-Service Regulations are Modified for Motor Carriers Transporting Heating Fuels (PDF) 2/6/2013 2/20/2013
Emergency Declaration Provides Relief from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) in the Counties of Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Westchester and Contiguous Areas

2/8/2013 For the duration of the motor carrier’s or driver’s direct assistance in providing emergency relief, or up to 30 days from the date of the initial declaration

Oklahoma

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Oklahoma Emergency Declaration Prompts Executive Order for Temporary Suspension of FMCSA Requirements (PDF) 5/21/2013 6/20/2013
FMCSA Declares a Regional Emergency in Response to Major Tornadoes in Oklahoma (PDF)

For inquiries, please call 1-877-831-2250.

5/21/2013 In effect for the duration of the emergency or 15 days (June 5, 2013) whichever is less.
Emergency Declaration by Governor Todd Lamb in response to severe winter storm conditions (PDF) 2/25/2013 3/28/2013
CMV – Oversize and Overweight (PDF) 2/28/2013 3/30/2013

Rhode Island

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Declaration of Disaster Emergency by Governor Lincoln Chafee (PDF) 2/8/2013 2/13/2013
(for transportation of home heating fuel, propane, and liquid natural gas)

Virginia

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Declaration of Disaster Emergency by Governor Bob McDonnell 3/6/2013 Until further notice.
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