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Emergency Declarations, Waivers, Exemptions and Permits

Overview

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.

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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.

State Emergency Declarations by State

Arkansas

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
Arkansas Governor Declares State of Emergency due to Impacts from Winter Weather2/18/153/18/15

Connecticut

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
Connecticut Driving Ban Order1/26/15Until Further Notice

Delaware

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
Delaware Approves Emergency Waiver Regarding Hours-of-Service Regulations for Heating Fuel Deliveries2/5/152/10/15

Kentucky

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
Kentucky Issues Declaration of Emergency Due to Weather Conditions2/15/15Until Further Notice
 

Louisiana

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
Louisiana Governor Issues a State of Emergency due to Delivery of Propane and Heating Fuel Products2/23/153/24/15, Unless Terminated Sooner

Maine

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
Maine State of Emergency due to Winter Storm and Coastal Flooding1/27/152/13/15

Maryland

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
Maryland Governor Issues Emergency Declaration due to Delivery of Petroleum Products2/23/153/23/15, Unless Terminated Sooner

Massachusetts

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
Massachusetts Issues Declaration of Emergency Notice Pertaining to Interstate Transportation of Gasoline and Diesel Fuel2/10/15Duration 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 Storm2/9/15Until 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.2/8/2015Duration 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 Weather1/26/15Until Further Notice
Massachusetts Declaration of Emergency pertaining to Severe Winter Weather1/26/15Until Further Notice

New Hampshire

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
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.2/6/2015Emergency 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.2/6/2015Emergency Declaration will remain in effect through March 8, 2015 at midnight.
New Hampshire Declaration of Emergency pertaining to the Delivery of Propane and Natural Gas1/26/152/7/15

New Jersey

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
New Jersey Executive Order Declaring State of Emergency due to Winter Storm1/26/15Until Further Notice

New York

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
New York Declaration of Disaster due to Strong Winter Storm1/26/152/2/15

North Carolina

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
North Carolina Declaration of State of Emergency Due to Winter Storm2/16/15Until Further Notice
North Carolina Temporary Suspension of Motor Vehicle Regulations to Ensure Restoration of Utility Services and Transporting Essentials Due to Winter Storm2/16/15Thirty (30) days or the duration of the emergency, whichever is less.
North Carolina Executive Order pertaining to Impacts of Major Winter Storm1/26/152/26/15, or duration of emergency, whichever is less

Oklahoma

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
EXECUTIVE ORDER 2015-01: State of Oklahoma: state of emergency existing in the State of Oklahoma due to limited propane supplies, it is necessary to assist and expedite all efforts of transportation of propane throughout Oklahoma1/9/152/3/15

Pennsylvania

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
Pennsylvania Issues Exemption Regarding Transportation of Propane Gas and Oil2/16/153/28/15
Pennsylvania Proclamation of Disaster Emergency due to Dangerous Winter Weather1/26/15Until Further Notice

Rhode Island

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
Rhode Island Issues Gubernatorial Proclamation Regarding Deliveries of Residential Home Heating Oil and Propane Gas2/24/153/7/15
State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations Gubernatorial Proclamation State of Emergency2/13/152/25/15
Rhode Island Declaration of Disaster Emergency pertaining to Severe Winter Weather1/26/15Until Emergeny No Longer Exists

Vermont

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
Vermont Issues Declaration of Emergency due to Delivery of Home Heating Fuels (Title 49 CFR 390.23)2/19/153/7/15 at Midnight
Vermont Declaration of Emergency Pertaining to Delivery of Home Heating Fuels2/4/152/19/15
Updated: Tuesday, February 24, 2015