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:
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- There is no requirement to carry a copy of the declaration in the vehicle unless stated so in the declaration itself.
- 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.
- 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.
|Arkansas Governor Declares State of Emergency due to Impacts from Winter Weather||2/18/15||3/18/15|
|Connecticut Driving Ban Order||1/26/15||Until Further Notice|
|Delaware Approves Emergency Waiver Regarding Hours-of-Service Regulations for Heating Fuel Deliveries||2/5/15||2/10/15|
|Kentucky Issues Declaration of Emergency Due to Weather Conditions||2/15/15||Until Further Notice|
|Louisiana Governor Issues a State of Emergency due to Delivery of Propane and Heating Fuel Products||2/23/15||3/24/15, Unless Terminated Sooner|
|Maine State of Emergency due to Winter Storm and Coastal Flooding||1/27/15||2/13/15|
|Maryland Governor Issues Emergency Declaration due to Delivery of Petroleum Products||2/23/15||3/23/15, Unless Terminated Sooner|
|Massachusetts Issues Declaration of Emergency Notice Pertaining to Interstate Transportation of Gasoline and Diesel Fuel||2/10/15||Duration of the Emergency or until 11:59 P.M., EST, February 21, 2015, whichever is sooner.|
|Massachusetts Issues Declaration of Emergency Effective Immediately due to Winter Storm||2/9/15||Until Emergency no longer exists|
|Massachusetts Declaration of Emergency Notice (Title 49 CFR § 390.23) Providing direct assistance supporting the delivery of propane gas, heating oil and natural gas into the affected areas and consumers during the emergency.||2/8/2015||Duration of the Emergency or until 11:59 P.M., EST, February 21, 2015, whichever is sooner.|
|Massachusetts Imposes Temporary Driving Ban due to Severe Winter Weather||1/26/15||Until Further Notice|
|Massachusetts Declaration of Emergency pertaining to Severe Winter Weather||1/26/15||Until Further Notice|
|New Hampshire Declaration 0f Emergency Notice (Title 49 CFR 390.23) (Residential and Commercial Establishments) Pertaining to the delivery of gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel and natural gas to residential and commercial establishments.||2/6/2015||Emergency Declaration will remain in effect through March 8, 2015 at midnight.|
|New Hampshire Declaration 0f Emergency Notice (Title 49 CFR 390.23) Pertaining to the delivery of gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel and natural gas to business establishments.||2/6/2015||Emergency Declaration will remain in effect through March 8, 2015 at midnight.|
|New Hampshire Declaration of Emergency pertaining to the Delivery of Propane and Natural Gas||1/26/15||2/7/15|
|New Jersey Executive Order Declaring State of Emergency due to Winter Storm||1/26/15||Until Further Notice|
|New York Declaration of Disaster due to Strong Winter Storm||1/26/15||2/2/15|
|North Carolina Declaration of State of Emergency Due to Winter Storm||2/16/15||Until Further Notice|
|North Carolina Temporary Suspension of Motor Vehicle Regulations to Ensure Restoration of Utility Services and Transporting Essentials Due to Winter Storm||2/16/15||Thirty (30) days or the duration of the emergency, whichever is less.|
|North Carolina Executive Order pertaining to Impacts of Major Winter Storm||1/26/15||2/26/15, or duration of emergency, whichever is less|
|Pennsylvania Issues Exemption Regarding Transportation of Propane Gas and Oil||2/16/15||3/28/15|
|Pennsylvania Proclamation of Disaster Emergency due to Dangerous Winter Weather||1/26/15||Until Further Notice|
|Rhode Island Issues Gubernatorial Proclamation Regarding Deliveries of Residential Home Heating Oil and Propane Gas||2/24/15||3/7/15|
|State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations Gubernatorial Proclamation State of Emergency||2/13/15||2/25/15|
|Rhode Island Declaration of Disaster Emergency pertaining to Severe Winter Weather||1/26/15||Until Emergeny No Longer Exists|
|Texas Declares State of Emergency due to Delivery of Propane and Home Heating Oils to Storage Facilities and Homes||3/4/15||Duration of Emergency, or 3/8/15, Whichever is Less|
|Vermont Issues Declaration of Emergency due to Delivery of Home Heating Fuels (Title 49 CFR 390.23)||2/19/15||3/7/15 at Midnight|
|Vermont Declaration of Emergency Pertaining to Delivery of Home Heating Fuels||2/4/15||2/19/15|