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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.

FMCSA Regional Declarations

North Dakota

DescriptionEffectiveExpires On

Extension Of State Declaration Notice 49 CFR § 390.25

12/5/14Until 11:59 P.M., December 13, 2014, whichever is less.

State Emergency Declarations by State


DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
Governor Branstad approves emergency proclamation allowing for more diesel transport11/20/1412/5/14


DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
Emergency Executive Order 14-17: Providing for Relief from Regulations to Motor Carriers and Drivers Operating in the State of Minnesota for Delivery of Propane10/24/1411/23/14
Extending Emergency Executive Order 14-16: Extending the Period Provided for Relief from Regulations to Motor Carriers and Drivers Opera ting in the State of Minnesota10/31/1411/30/14
Emergency Executive Order 14 - 16: Declaring an Emergency and Providing for Relief from Regulations to Motor Carriers and Drivers Operating in the State of Minnesota10/4/1411/2/14


DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
Governor Declares State of Emergency - Severe Weather6/16/14Effective until emergency no longer exists


DescriptionEffectiveExpires On

Governor Declares State of Emergency - Road Closure

9/4/1430 days or the duration of the emergency, whichever is less

New York

DescriptionEffectiveExpires On

CASE 27647 - In the matter of motor carrier compliance with regulations pertaining to the safe operations of commercial motor vehicles by motor carriers and drivers, pursuant to 17 NYCRR 820.0 – 820.14.


North Dakota

DescriptionEffectiveExpires On

Governor Declares Diesel Fuel Emergency Exemption Executive Order 2014-15

9/4/14North Dakota Diesel Fuel Emergency Exemption

North Carolina

DescriptionEffectiveExpires On

Governor McCreary Issues Temporary Suspension of Motor Vehicle Regulations for Movement of Emergency Supplies and Equipment due to Tropical Storm Arthur

7/2/1430 days or the duration of the emergency, whichever is less

Governor McCreary Declares  State of Emergency for 26 North Carolina Counties due to Tropical Storm Arthur

7/2/14Shall remain in effect until rescinded


DescriptionEffectiveExpires On
PUCO Regulatory Relief Water for Fulton, Lucas and Wood Counties8/2/148/9/14


DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
Emergency Relief from Motor Carrier Safety Regulations7/17/148/16/14

South Dakota

DescriptionEffectiveExpires On

Governor Declares Extremely low inventories of propane, diesel, and gasoline Emergency Exemption Executive Order 2014-13



DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
Governor Walker again extends hours for gas and diesel truck drivers10/31/1412/1/14
Updated: Monday, December 8, 2014