Current – Emergency Declarations, Waivers, Exemptions & Permits

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.

Contact Information

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has established a toll free hotline at 1-877-831-2250 for anyone seeking inquiries pertaining to FMCSA Regulations during a declared disaster.


 

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Regional Emergency Declaration Issued by Southern Service Center (PDF) 

Affected States: Louisiana, Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Oklahoma

1/21/2014 In effect for the duration of the emergency or until 2/11/2014, whichever is less
Regional Emergency Declaration Issued by Eastern Service Center (PDF) 

Affected States: Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont and West Virginia

1/19/2014 In effect for the duration of the emergency or until 2/11/2014, whichever is less
Regional Emergency Declaration Issued by Midwestern Service Center (PDF) 

Affected States: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin

1/19/2014 In effect for the duration of the emergency or until 2/11/2014, whichever is less

Alabama

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Alabama Governor Issues Emergency Declaration to Provide Regulatory Relief for CMV Operations Providing Direct Assistance Delivering Propane and Heating Fuels (PDF) 1/23/2014 In effect until the threat to public safety and health ends and this Proclamation is terminated.
Alabama Governor Declares State of Emergency for Tropical Storm Karen (PDF) 10/5/2013 In effect until further notice

Arkansas

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Arkansas Governor Declares a State of Emergency Applying to Commercial Carriers Hauling Liquefied Petroleum Products 1/3/2014 1/17/2014, or until emergency conditions cease to exist, whichever is sooner

Colorado

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Severe Storms, Flooding and Landslides Trigger Federal Emergency Declaration in Colorado (PDF) 9/11/2013 Continuing

Connecticut

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Emergency Exemption Issued for Connecticut from Hours of Service of Drivers (PDF) 1/23/2014 2/11/2014 or sooner if terminated by the Commissioner

Delaware

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Delaware Approves Emergency Waiver Requested by Mid Atlantic Propane Gas Association Regarding Hours-of-Service Regulations and Intrastate Delivery of Heating Fuels (PDF) 1/19/2014 1/22/2014

Iowa

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Iowa Governor Issues Emergency Declaration for CMV Drivers Transporting Propane 1/10/2014 1/28/2014

Kansas

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Kansas Governor Issues Executive Order for Motor Carriers Delivering Propane Directly Participating in Relief Efforts (PDF) 1/14/2014 2/13/2014

Kentucky

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Emergency Declaration and Exemption of Hours-of-Service Regulations for Delivery of Propane Issued for Kentucky (PDF) 1/8/2014 1/28/2014

Louisiana

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Louisiana Governor Declares a State of Emergency Due to Extreme Cold Temperatures and Propane Shortage (PDF) 1/22/2014 2/20/2014

Maine

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Maine Governor Declares a State of Emergency to Aid Delivery of Heating Fuel and Bulk Petroleum Products (PDF) 1/19/2014 2/8/2014
Maine Governor Extends Emergency Declaration Due to Arctic Cold Temperatures 12/13/2013 1/18/2014

Maryland

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Maryland Department of Transportation Approves Waiver from Hours-of-Service Limitations for Mid Atlantic Propane Gas Association (PDF) 1/16/2014 1/21/2014

Michigan

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Michigan Governor Issues Emergency Declaration for the Transportation of Propane and Heating Oil (PDF) 1/10/2014 1/31/2014 or upon conclusion of the emergency

Minnesota

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Minnesota Executive Order Extended to Provide Relief from Regulations to Motor Carriers and Drivers Providing Emergency Assistance (PDF) 1/8/2014 2/9/2014
Minnesota Governor Extends Executive Order for Motor Carriers and Drivers Transporting Fuel Oil, Gasoline, Diesel Fuel, Ethanol and Biodiesel (PDF) 1/6/2014 2/7/2014

Mississippi

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Mississippi Governor Declares a State of Emergency for Tropical Storm Karen (PDF) 10/3/2013 In effect until further notice

Missouri

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Missouri Emergency Declaration Extended in Response to Frigid Temperatures and High Demand for Propane (PDF) 1/20/2014 1/26/2014
Missouri Emergency Declaration Extended in Response to Frigid Temperatures and High Demand for Propane (PDF) 1/13/2014 1/19/2014

Montana

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Emergency Declaration Issued for Montana by Governor Steve Bullock Due to Wildfires (PDF) 8/19/2013 Not specified

New Jersey

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
New Jersey Governor Issues Emergency Declaration Pertaining to Delivery of Rock Salt (PDF) 1/8/2014 2/8/2014
New Jersey Governor Issues Emergency Declaration Pertaining to Delivery of Propane and Heating Fuel (PDF) 1/8/2014 1/31/2014
New Jersey Governor Declares a State of Emergency (PDF) 1/2/2014 In effect until an emergency no longer exists

New Mexico

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Wildfires and Potential Flooding Prompt New Mexico Governor to Issue State of Emergency (PDF) 6/19/2013 In effect until further notice

New York

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
New York Amends Hours-of-Service Regulations for Intrastate Transportation of Gasoline and Heating Fuel (PDF) 12/18/2013 1/31/2014 unless otherwise ordered

North Carolina

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
North Carolina Governor’s Executive Order Temporarily Suspends Motor Vehicle Regulations to Ensure Adequate Fuel Supplies Throughout the State 1/15/2014 In effect for thirty days or the duration of the emergency, whichever is less

North Dakota

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
North Dakota Governor Issues Emergency Declaration that Provides Relief for CMV Drivers Transporting Propane, No.1 Diesel Fuel or Gasoline for Further Distribution (PDF) 1/7/2014 2/6/2014

Ohio

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Grants Regulatory Relief from Hours-of-Service Requirements for Intrastate CMV Drivers Transporting Motor Fuels, Heating Oil and Propane (PDF) 1/17/2014 1/31/2014

Oklahoma

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Oklahoma Governor Issues Emergency Declaration Pertaining to Propane Delivery (PDF) 1/6/2014 2/5/2014

Pennsylvania

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Pennsylvania Governor Issues Emergency Declaration for the Transportation of Propane and Heating Oil (PDF) 1/9/2014 1/25/2014

South Dakota

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
South Dakota Governor Issues Emergency Declaration for the Transportation of Propane and Heating Oil (PDF) 1/8/2014 2/8/2014 or upon conclusion of the emergency

Tennessee

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Tennessee Governor Declares State of Emergency to Ensure Propane Availability to Heat Homes and Businesses 1/21/2014 Unknown

Texas

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Emergency Declaration Issued in Texas for Severe Weather Conditions (PDF) 1/23/2014 In effect for the duration of the emergency or 1/28/2014, whichever is less

Vermont

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Vermont Extends Emergency Declaration for Bulk Transport of Propane (PDF) 1/13/2014 1/21/2014

West Virginia

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
West Virginia Governor Issues State of Emergency Due to Contaminated Water Supply 1/9/2014 Unknown

Wisconsin

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Wisconsin Governor Declares State of Emergency Due to Extreme Cold Temperatures and Propane Shortage (PDF) 12/24/2013 1/22/2014
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