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 who 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. Drivers responding to provide “direct assistance” to an “emergency” meeting the definitions in 49 CFR 390.5 and declared by FMCSA or a governor, are exempt from applicable regulations in all States on their route to the emergency, even though those States may not be involved in the emergency or stated in the declaration of emergency.
  2. These exemptions, when in effect, only apply to 49 CFR Parts 390-399. They do NOT exempt drivers/carriers from the requirements relating 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.)
  3. Even if an Emergency Declaration is still in effect, the emergency must be on-going and you must be providing direct emergency assistance in order to be exempt from safety regulations.
  4. The list of Emergency Declarations below may not be complete. Declarations may be in effect even if not listed here. Read the declaration itself for all details.
  5. There is no requirement to carry a copy of the declaration in the vehicle unless stated so in the declaration itself.
  6. Drivers and carriers should coordinate with State emergency officials before providing assistance. State regulations regarding size and weight, permits, taxes, etc. may not have been waived.
  7. 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.


FMCSA will update this page as new information becomes available.

 

FMCSA Regional Declarations

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Extension of Regional Emergency Declaration Issued by Western Service Center (PDF)

Affected States: North Dakota and South Dakota

2/5/2014 In effect for the duration of the emergency or until 3/1/2014, whichever is less
Extension of Regional Emergency Declaration Issued by Southern Service Center (PDF)

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

2/5/2014 In effect for the duration of the emergency or until 3/1/2014, whichever is less
Extension of Regional Emergency Declaration Issued by Eastern Service Center (PDF)

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

2/5/2014 In effect for the duration of the emergency or until 3/1/2014, whichever is less
Extension of Regional Emergency Declaration Issued by Midwestern Service Center (PDF)

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

2/5/2014 In effect for the duration of the emergency or until 3/1/2014, whichever is less

State Emergency Declarations

Alabama

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Alabama Governor Declares a State of Emergenecy to Waive the Hours of Service Regulations for Drivers for the Transport of Feed and Live Poultry (PDF) 2/12/2014 2/23/2014

Colorado

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Colorado Governor Issues Emergency Declaration to Authorize Temporary Exception to Hours of Service Regulations for CMVs Used for Propane Transport (PDF) 2/7/2014 3/7/2014 unless amended or terminated by executive order

Connecticut

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Connecticut Governor Proclaims a State of Civil Preparedness Emergency (PDF) 2/13/2014 Unknown
Connecticut Provides Emergency Exemption from Hours of Service of Drivers (PDF) 2/11/2014 3/1/2014

Indiana

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Indiana Governor Extends Emergency Declaration for Motor Carriers and Drivers Transporting Propane (PDF) 1/29/2014 3/1/2014

Kentucky

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Emergency Declaration for Kentucky Provides Exemption from Hours of Service Regulations for Delivery and Transport of Agricultural and Feed Products (PDF) 2/7/2014 2/28/2014

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

Maryland

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Maryland Governor Declares a State of Emergency for Potential Impact from Impending Severe Storms and Significant Winter Weather (PDF) 2/11/2014 Unknown

Minnesota

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Minnesota Governor Amends Executive Order to Extend Relief from Regulations to Motor Carriers and Drivers Operating Within the State (PDF)

NOTE: The exemption above amends Executive Order 14-04.

2/7/2014 3/8/2014
Minnesota Governor Issues Executive Order to Extend Relief from Regulations to Motor Carriers Operating Within the State (PDF) 2/6/2014 3/7/2014

North Carolina

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
North Carolina Governor Temporarily Suspends Motor Vehicle Regulations for Restoration of Utility Services and the Transportation of Essentials (PDF) 2/11/2014 3/12/2014 or the duration of the emergency, whichever is less

North Dakota

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
North Dakota Governor Declares a State of Emergency to Provide Relief from Hours of Service for CMV Drivers Transporting Propane (PDF) 2/5/2014 3/7/2014

Ohio

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Extension of State Declaration Provides Regulatory Relief for CMV’s Delivering Highway Rock Salt and Snow/Ice Melting Materials in Ohio (PDF) 2/14/2014 In effect for the duration of the emergency or until 3/1/2014, whichever is less

Oklahoma

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Oklahoma Governor Amends Executive Order Pertaining to Propane Delivery (PDF)

NOTE: The exemption above amends Executive Order 2014-01, which expired on 2/5/2014

1/6/2014 3/2/2014

Pennsylvania

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Pennsylvania Issues Exemption to Comply with Driver Hour of Service Limitations (PDF) 2/14/2014 2/18/2014
Pennsylvania Governor Issues Emergency Declaration for the Transportation of Essential Supplies (PDF) 2/3/2014 3/2/2014
Pennsylvania Issues Exemption for the Transportation of Salt for Roadway Surface Treatment Purposes (PDF) 2/3/2014 3/2/2014

South Carolina

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
President Obama Signs South Carolina Emergency Declaration 2/12/2014 Unknown
South Carolina Governor Issues Executive Order to Waive Truck Restrictions (PDF) 2/11/2014 Unknown
South Carolina Governor Issues Emergency Declaration for Severe Winter Weather Impact (PDF) 2/11/2014 Unknown
Governor Issues Emergency Declaration to Ensure Uninterrupted Supply of Residual Oils for Industrial Use (PDF) 1/23/2014 2/21/2014

Tennessee

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Tennessee Governor Issues Emergency Declaration to Ensure the Uninterrupted Delivery of Feed and Chickens to the Poultry Industry (PDF) 2/19/2014 3/20/2014
Tennessee Governor Declares a State of Emergency to Ensure Uninterrupted Delivery of Home Heating Fuels (PDF) 1/21/2014 2/21/2014

Virginia

Description Effective Date Expiration Date
Virginia Issues Limited Exemption of Hours of Service for Carriers Transporting Essential Relief Supplies (PDF) 2/11/2014 3/1/2014
Virginia Governor Issues Emergency Declaration in Support of Emergency Relief Supplies Due to Severe Winter Weather (PDF) 1/30/2014 3/1/2014
Virginia Waives Registration and License Requirements for Carriers Transporting Emergency Relief Supplies (PDF) 1/30/2014 3/1/2014

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