Emergency Declarations, Waivers, Exemptions and Permits
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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.
- Declarations by FMCSA
- Federal Emergency Declarations by FMCSA Service Centers
- State Emergency Declarations by State
- Emergency Declaration Information
Description: Extension of the Expanded Modified Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 Under 49 CFR § 390.25 (May 26, 2021)
Effective: 06/01/2021 | Expires on:08/31/2021 In accordance with 49 CFR § 390.25, this extension of the expanded modified Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 is effective at 12:00 A.M. (ET), June 1, 2021 and shall remain in effect until 11:59 P.M. (ET), August 31, 2021, modification or termination by FMCSA, or revocation of the declaration of national emergency under 42 U.S.C. § 5191(b), whichever is soonest.
Eastern, Southern and Western Service Centers
Description: ESC-SSC-WSC - Extension and Modification of the Amended Regional Emergency Declaration 2021-002 - 06-04-2021
Effective: 06/04/2021 | Expires on: 06/18/2021; shall remain in effect until the end of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR § 390.5) or until 11:59 P.M. (ET), June 18, 2021, whichever is earlier. FMCSA intends to continually review the status of this Emergency Declaration and may take action to modify or terminate the Emergency Declaration sooner if conditions warrant.
Description: Iowa Disaster Proclamation - 2021.05.20 (Fuels)
Effective: 05/20/2021 | Expires on: 06/19/2021; This proclamation of disaster emergency shall expire on June 19, 2021, at 11:59 p.m., unless sooner terminated or extended in writing by me.
Description: Louisiana State of Emergency 89-JBE-2021
Effective: 05/17/2021 | Expires on: 06/16/2021; shall remain in effect from Monday, May 17, 2021 to Wednesday, June 16. 2021, unless terminated sooner.
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.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has established a toll free hotline at 1-877-831-2250 for anyone seeking inquiries pertaining to FMCSA Regulations during a declared disaster.
- DOT Emergency Information
- Ready.gov: Plan, Prepare, and Stay Informed
- International Registration Plan, Inc - Notifications