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.
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|California Fire Emergency Declaration (10-10-2017)||10/10/2017||04/08/2018|
|Commonwealth of Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: Office of the Secretary Official Order N0. 111084||03/01/2018||03/20/2018|
|State of Louisiana: Executive Department Proclamation Number 37 JBE 2018 State of Emergency – Severe Weather||02/26/2018||03/27/2018|
|The State of Maryland Executive Order 01.01.2018.09||03/02/2018||TBD|
|Commonwealth Of Massachusetts Governor Declaration of Emergency|
*shall remain in effect notice is given.
|State of Minnesota Emergency Executive Order 18-05||03/09/2018||06/01/2018|
|State of New Jersey Executive Order 14|
*Shall remain in effect until it is determined by th Governor that an emergency no longer exists.
|State of New York Department of Transportation in the City of Albany Heating Fuel Waiver||12/27/2017||03/17/2018|
|State of North Carolina Executive Order No.34|
*shall remain in effect until recinded.
|State of North Carolina Executive Order No.31|
*shall remain in effect until recinded.
|Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation||03/03/2018||03/31/2018|
|Executive Order of The Governor of Puerto Rico: Administrative Bulletin Number: OE-2017-047||09/17/2017||TBD|
|Commonwealth of Virginia Affected Agencies and Shippers/Carriers|
*This waiver is effective beginning 5PM March 2, 2018 until 5PM March 17, 2018 and includes an exemption in coordination with the Virginia Department.
|Declaration of a State of Emergency for the commonweath of Virginia due to Severe Weather||02/02/2018||06/02/2018|
|Commonwealth of Virginia Executive Order 72-2017||09/07/2017||06/30/2018|