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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
State of Emergency Issued due to Second Round of Winter Storms1/21/20161/24/2016


DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
Declaration of Emergency and Exemption of Hours of Service Regulations Issued for Transport of Agricultural Products1/22/20161/31/2016


DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
Governor Issues Emergency Proclamation for US-DOT FMCSA Hours of Service Waiver2/10/20163/11/2016
Governor LePage Issues Proclamation Regarding Hours of Service Waiver1/12/20162/11/2016


DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
Emergency Declaration Issued due to Current Winter Storm2/24/20163/2/2016
Governor Nixon Declares a State of Emergency in Response to Widespread Floods12/27/20151/27/2016

New Mexico

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
Governor Issues Executive Order To Help Ensure Supply Of Propane After Massive Snowstorm12/28/20151/28/2016

New York

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
Disaster Declaration Issued due to Nor’easter Impacting Region1/23/20162/23/2016

North Carolina

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
Executive Order Issued Temporarily Suspending Motor Vehicle Regulations2/25/20163/25/2016
Temporary Suspension of Vehicle Regulations if Transporting Essentials during Winter Storm1/20/20162/20/2016
State of Emergency Declared due to Upcoming Winter Storms1/20/20162/20/2016


DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
Governor Fallin Declares State of Emergency due to Catastrophic Storms12/28/20151/28/2016


DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
Hours of Service Emergency Waiver Issued11/26/20162/6/2016

South Carolina

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
State of Declaration of Emergency Issued due to Winter Storm1/21/20162/21/2016


DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
State of Emergency Declared to Ensure Uninterrupted Delivery of Food Supplies1/21/20161/27/2016


DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
State of Emergency Declared due to Severe Winter Storm Event1/21/20163/1/2016

West Virginia

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
State of Waiver Approved for Transportation and Delivery of Propane1/21/20162/21/2016


DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
Emergency Declaration Issued due to an Energy Emergency5/6/20166/6/2016
Updated: Monday, May 9, 2016
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