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Emergency Declarations, Waivers, Exemptions and 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.

State Emergency Declarations by State


DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
Connecticut Declaration of Emergency pertaining to Severe Winter Weather1/26/15Until Further Notice
Connecticut Driving Ban Order1/26/15Until Further Notice


DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
Maine State of Emergency due to Winter Storm and Coastal Flooding1/27/15Until Further Notice


DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
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 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 Executive Order pertaining to Impacts of Major Winter Storm1/26/152/26/15, or duration of emergency, whichever is less


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


DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
Pennsylvania Proclamation of Disaster Emergency due to Dangerous Winter Weather1/26/15Until Further Notice

Rhode Island

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
Rhode Island Declaration of Disaster Emergency pertaining to Severe Winter Weather1/26/15Until Emergeny No Longer Exists
Updated: Wednesday, January 28, 2015