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Emergency Declarations, Waivers, Exemptions and Permits

Overview

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.

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Declarations by FMCSA


Description: Expansion and Extension of the Modified Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 Under 49 CFR § 390.25 - 02-17-2021
Effective: 02/17/2021 | Expires on: 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), February 17, 2021 and shall remain in effect until 11:59 P.M. (ET), May 31, 2021, or until the revocation of the declaration of national emergency under 42 U.S.C. § 5191(b), whichever is sooner.  


Description: Expansion and Extension of the Modified Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 Under 49 CFR § 390.25 - 12-01-2020
Effective: 12/01/2020 | Expires on: In accordance with 49 CFR § 390.25, this expansion and extension of the modified Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 is effective at 12:00 A.M. (ET), December 1, 2020 and shall remain in effect until 11:59 P.M. (ET), February 28, 2021, or until the revocation of the Presidentially declared COVID-19 national emergency, whichever is sooner.


Description: Notice of Enforcement Discretion - Emergency Declaration No. 2020-007 - Hurricane Delta - 10-07-2020
Effective: 10/07/2020 | Expires on: This Notice will expire upon the termination or expiration of Regional Emergency Declaration 2020-007, including any future amendments and extensions.


Description: Notice of Enforcement Discretion - Emergency Declaration No. 2020-006 - Tropical Storm-Hurricane Sally - 09-14-2020
Effective: 09/14/2020 | Expires on: This Notice will expire upon the termination or expiration of Regional Emergency Declaration 2020-006, including any future amendments and extensions.


Description: Extension of the Modified Expanded Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 Under 49 CFR § 390.25 (September 11, 2020)
Effective: 09/11/2020 | Expires on: In accordance with 49 CFR § 390.25, this extension of Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 is effective at 12:00 A.M. (ET), September 15, 2020 and shall remain in effect until 11:59 P.M. (ET), December 31, 2020, or until the revocation of the Presidentially declared COVID-19 national emergency, whichever is sooner.


Description: Extension and Modification of the Modified Expanded Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 Under 49 CFR § 390.25 (August 11, 2020)
Effective: 08/11/2020 | Expires on: In accordance with 49 CFR § 390.25, this extension of Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 is effective at 12:00 A.M. (ET), August 15, 2020 and shall remain in effect until 11:59 P.M. (ET), September 14, 2020, or until the revocation of the Presidentially declared COVID-19 national emergency, whichever is sooner.


Description: Extension of the Modified Expanded Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 Under 49 CFR § 390.25 (July 13, 2020)
Effective: 07/13/2020 | Expires on: In accordance with 49 CFR § 390.25, this extension of Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 is effective at 12:00 A.M. (ET), July 15, 2020 and shall remain in effect until 11:59 P.M. (ET), August 14, 2020, or until the revocation of the Presidentially declared COVID-19 national emergency, whichever is sooner.


Description: Extension and Modification of Expanded Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 Under 49 CFR § 390.25 (Relating to COVID-19)
Effective: 06/08/2020 | Expires on: In accordance with 49 CFR § 390.25, this extension of Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 is effective at 12:00 A.M. (ET), June 15, 2020 and shall remain in effect until 11:59 P.M. (ET), July 14, 2020, or until the revocation of the Presidentially declared COVID-19 national emergency, whichever is sooner.


Description: Extension of Expanded Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 Under 49 CFR § 390.25 (Relating to COVID-19)
Effective: 05/13/2020 | Expires on: Shall remain in effect until 11:59 P.M. (ET), June 14, 2020, or until the revocation of the Presidentially declared COVID-19 national emergency, whichever is sooner.


Description: Notice of Enforcement Discretion - Emergency Declaration 2020-003 - Severe Storms - 04-13-2020
Effective: 04/13/2020 | Expires on: This Notice will expire upon the termination or expiration of Regional Emergency Declaration 2020-003, including any future amendments and extensions.


Description: Expanded Emergency Declaration Under 49 CFR § 390.23 No. 2020-002 (Relating to COVID-19)
Effective: 03/18/2020 | Expires on: In accordance with 49 CFR § 390.23, this declaration is effective immediately and shall remain in effect until the termination of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR § 390.5) or until 11:59 P.M. (ET) on April 12, 2020, whichever occurs sooner.


 

Federal Emergency Declarations by FMCSA Service Centers


Eastern, Southern and Western Service Centers


Description: Extension and Expansion of Modified Regional Emergency Declaration 2021-001-Winter Storms-03-16-2021 (KENTUCKY, LOUISIANA, OKLAHOMA, TENNESSEE, TEXAS, VIRGINIA, AND WEST VIRGINIA)
Effective: 03/20/2021 | Expires on: 03/31/2021. In accordance with 49 CFR § 390.25, this extension and expansion of the Modified Regional Emergency Declaration No. 2021-001 is effective at 12:00 A.M. (ET), March 20, 2021 and shall remain in effect until the end of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR § 390.5) or until 11:59 P.M. (ET), March 31, 2021, whichever is sooner.


Description: Extension and Modification of Regional Emergency Declaration No. 2021-001 - March 4, 2021 (KENTUCKY, LOUISIANA, OKLAHOMA, TEXAS, VIRGINIA, AND WEST VIRGINIA)
Effective: 03/05/2021 | Expires on: 03/19/2021. In accordance with 49 CFR § 390.25, this extension and modification of Regional Emergency Declaration No. 2021-001 is effective at 12:00 A.M. (ET), March 5, 2021 and shall remain in effect until the end of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR § 390.5) or until 11:59 P.M. (ET), March 19, 2021, whichever is sooner.


Eastern, Southern, MidWest and Western Service Centers


Description: Regional Emergency Declaration Under 49 CFR § 390.23 No. 2021-001:  ARKANSAS, CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, KANSAS, KENTUCKY, LOUISIANA, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, MINNESOTA, MISSISSIPPI, MISSOURI, MONTANA, NEBRASKA, NEW JERSEY, NEW MEXICO, NEW YORK, NORTH CAROLINA, NORTH DAKOTA, OHIO, OKLAHOMA, OREGON, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, SOUTH DAKOTA, TENNESSEE, TEXAS, VIRGINIA, WEST VIRGINIA, WISCONSIN AND WYOMING
Effective: 02/17/2021 | Expires on: In accordance with 49 CFR § 390.23, this declaration is effective immediately and shall remain in effect until the end of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR § 390.5) or until 11:59 P.M. (ET), March 4, 2021, whichever is earlier. 


Southern, MidWest and Western Service Centers


Description: SSC-WSC-MSC - Amended Regional Emergency Declaration 2020-004 - Hurricanes-Tropical Storms Laura and Marco -8-27-2020 (ALABAMA, ARKANSAS, LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI, MISSOURI, OKLAHOMA, TENNESSEE AND TEXAS)
Effective: 08/27/2020 | Expires on: In accordance with 49 CFR § 390.23, this declaration is effective immediately and shall remain in effect for the duration of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR § 390.5) or until 11:59 P.M. (ET), September 23, 2020, whichever is less.


Southern and Western Service Centers


Description: SSC- WSC Regional Emergency Declaration Hurricane Delta (ALABAMA, FLORIDA, LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI AND TEXAS)
Effective: 10/07/2020 | Expires on: In accordance with 49 CFR § 390.23, this declaration is effective immediately and shall remain in effect for the duration of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR § 390.5) or until 11:59 P.M. (ET), November 6, 2020, whichever is less.


Description: SSC-WSC- Regional Emergency Declaration 2020-004 - Hurricanes-Tropical Storms Laura and Marco -8-24-2020 (ALABAMA, ARKANSAS, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, KENTUCKY, LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI, NORTH CAROLINA, SOUTH CAROLINA AND TENNESSEE)
Effective: 08/24/2020 | Expires on: In accordance with 49 CFR § 390.23, this declaration is effective immediately and shall remain in effect for the duration of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR § 390.5) or until 11:59 P.M. (ET), September 23, 2020, whichever is less.


Southern Service Center


Description: SSC - Amended Regional Emergency Declaration 2020-006 - Tropical Storm-Hurricane Sally - 09-15-2020
Effective: 09/15/2020 | Expires on: In accordance with 49 CFR § 390.23, this declaration is effective immediately and shall remain in effect for the duration of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR § 390.5) or until 11:59 P.M. (ET), October 14, 2020, whichever is less.


Description: SSC - Regional Emergency Declaration 2020-006 - Tropical Storm-Hurricane Sally - 09-14-2020
Effective: 09/15/2020 | Expires on: In accordance with 49 CFR § 390.23, this declaration is effective immediately and shall remain in effect for the duration of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR § 390.5) or until 11:59 P.M. (ET), October 14, 2020, whichever is less.


Description: SSC - REGIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARATION UNDER 49 CFR § 390.23 No. 2020-003
Effective: 04/13/2020 | Expires on: In accordance with 49 CFR § 390.23, this declaration is effective immediately and shall remain in effect for the duration of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR § 390.5) or until 11:59 P.M. (ET), May 13, 2020, whichever is less.


Description: SSC - TN - Regional Emergency Declaration 2020-001 - Severe Storms - 03-03-2020
Effective: 03/03/2020 | Expires on: shall remain in effect for the duration of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR § 390.5) or until 11:59 P.M. (ET), April 2, 2020, whichever is less.


Western Service Center


Description: WSC-CA-OR - Extension of State Emergency Declarations - 10-14-2020
Effective: 10/14/2020 | Expires on: In accordance with 49 CFR § 390.25, this Extension of the Emergency Declarations is effective immediately and shall remain in effect for the duration of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR § 390.5) or until 11:59 P.M. (ET), November 19, 2020, whichever is sooner.


Description: WSC-CA-OR-WA - Extension of State Emergency Declarations - 09-10-2020
Effective: 09/10/2020 | Expires on: This declaration of emergency shall remain in effect for the duration of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR § 390.5) or until 11:59 P.M. (ET), October 19, 2020, whichever is sooner.


 

State Emergency Declarations by State


Alabama


Description: Alabama Emergency Declaration Winter Storm 021421
Effective: 02/14/2021 | Expires on: TBD


Description: Alabama Hurricane Sally Emergency Declaration
Effective: 09/14/2020 | Expires on: TBD


Connecticut


Description: Connecticut HOS Notice of Emergency Exemption 2-12-2021
Effective: 02/12/2021 | Expires on: Consistent with CGS §14-163c and the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies §14-163c-10, the emergency exemption notice will remain in effect until February 19, 2021 at 11 :59 P.M. EST or until sooner terminated by the Commissioner or her designee.


Illinois


Description: Illinois Declaration of Emergency 2/16/2021
Effective: 02/09/2021 | Expires on: 02/20/2021. This emergency relief extends from Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. to Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 11:59 p.m., or until the emergency subsides, whichever occurs first. Should these severe conditions persist beyond the expiration date, an extension of relief will be considered at that time.


Description: Illinois Emergency Declaration
Effective: 02/09/2021 | Expires on: This emergency relief extends from Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 12:00 am to Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 11:59 pm, or until the emergency subsides, whichever occurs first. Should these severe conditions persist beyond the expiration date; an extension of relief will be considered at that time.


Indiana


Description: Indiana Executive-Order-21-04-Propane-Delivery-Hours
Effective: 02/11/2021 | Expires on: This exemption shall be effective from the date of the issuance of this directive through February 28, 2021, unless it is terminated or further extended by order of the Governor.


Iowa


Description: Iowa's Disaster Proclamation for Diesel Natural Gas Fuel Oil
Effective: 02/15/2021 | Expires on: 03/17/2021. This state of disaster emergency shall be effective immediately, shall continue for thirty (30) days, and shall expire on March 17, 2021, at 11:59 p.m., unless sooner terminated or extended in writing by me. Iowa Code § 29C.6(1).


Description: Iowa Disaster Proclamation - 2021.02.12 (Propane)
Effective: 02/13/2021 | Expires on: This state of disaster emergency shall be effective at 12:01 a.m. on February 13. 2021. shall continue for thirty (30) days, and shall expire on March 15, 2021, at 11:59 p.m., unless sooner terminated or extended in writing by me. Iowa Code § 29C.6(1).


Kansas


Description: Kansas Executive Order No. 21-03 - Motor Carrier Relief (Propane)
Effective: 02/12/2021 | Expires on: This order will continue in effect until 11:59 PM on February 28, 2021, or until rescinded, whichever occurs first.


Kentucky


Description: Kentucky Emergency Order 112420 (002)
Effective: 02/17/2021 | Expires on: 02/28/2021. Declare the provisions of Official Order No. 112419 are hereby extended up to and including February 28, 2021 at 12:01AM EDT.


Description: Kentucky Official Order No. 112419 - Suspension of Registration Requirements Exemptions of Hours of Service and Stoppage at Weigh Stations - Snow and Ice Storm
Effective: 02/11/2021 | Expires on: This declaration of emergency shall remain in effect until 12:01 AM EDT, February 21, 2021.


Louisiana


Description: Louisiana Emergency Order- DOTD Waiver of Weight Restrictions 3-10-20
Effective: 03/10/2021 | Expires on: 04/10/2021. Shall remain in effect until April 10, 2021 unless amended, modified or rescinded.


Description: Louisiana Proclamation Number 20 JBE 2020
Effective: 02/11/2021 | Expires on: This order is effective upon signature and shall remain in effect from Thursday, February 11, 2021 to Friday, March 12, 2021, unless terminated sooner.


Description: Louisiana Hurricane Zeta Emergency Declaration
Effective: 10/26/2020 | Expires on: This order is effective upon signature and shall remain in effect from Monday, October 26, 2020 to Tuesday, November 24, 2020, unless terminated sooner.


Description: Louisiana Emergency Declaration for Hurricane Delta
Effective: 10/07/2020 | Expires on: This order is effective upon signature and shall remain in effect from Tuesday, October 6, 2020 to Wednesday, November 4, 2020, unless terminated sooner.


Michigan


Description: Michigan EO 2021-03 Declaration of Energy Emergency
Effective: 02/20/2021 | Expires on: 02/28/2021. This order is effective upon filing and remains in effect for the duration of the emergency or until Sunday, February 28, 2021, at 11:59 p.m., whichever comes first.


Minnesota


Description: Minnesota EO 21-09 Final
Effective: 02/12/2021 | Expires on: 02/27/2021. This Executive Order is effective immediately under Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 4.035, subdivision 2, and remains in effect for 15 days, or until the direct assistance has ended, whichever occurs first. 


Mississippi


Description: Mississippi State-of-Emergency-TS-Sally
Effective: 09/13/2020 | Expires on: TBD


Montana


Description: Montana Energy Emergency Executive Order No. 4-2021
Effective: 02/12/2021 | Expires on: Expires on March 14, 2021


Nebraska


Description: Nebraska EO 21-04 - COVID-19 - Emergency Motor Carrier Relief Due to Extreme Cold Temperature
Effective: 02/15/2021 | Expires on: 02/19/2021. This Executive Order is operative as of 12:01 a.m. on February 15, 2021 and shall expire at 11:59 p.m. on February 19, 2021.

New Mexico


Description: New Mexico Declaration of Emergency Notice
Effective: 02/15/2021 | Expires on: 02/20/2021. Consistent with Title 49, CFR, Part 390.23, the emergency declaration will take effect at 12:01a.m., February 15, 2021, and will remain in effect for the duration of the emergency (as defined in Title 49, CFR, Part 390.5) or for five days, ending at 11:59 p.m., February 20, 2021, whichever is less.


North Carolina


Description: North Carolina Executive Order No. 202
Effective: 03/18/2021| Expires on: 04/17/2021. This Executive Order is effective immediately and shall remain in effect for thirty (30) days or the duration of the emergency, whichever is less.


Description: North Carolina EO194 - SOE and Transportation Waiver Winter Storm
Effective: 02/17/2021 | Expires on: 03/18/2021. This Executive Order is effective immediately and shall remain in effect for thirty (30) days or the duration of the emergency, whichever is less.


Description: North Carolina Executive Order No. 175 - Transportation Waivers for Hurricane Zeta
Effective: 10/30/2020 | Expires on: This Executive Order is effective immediately and shall remain in effect for thirty (30) days or the duration of the emergency, whichever is less.


North Dakota


Description: North Dakota Executive Order 2021-03
Effective: 02/12/2021 | Expires on: 03/13/2021. This order is effective immediately and shall remain in effect for thirty days.


Ohio


Description: Ohio PUCO HOS Relief Heating Oil 2-19-21
Effective: 02/19/2021 | Expires on: 02/26/2021. This grant of regulatory relief is effective immediately and expires at 11:59 PM, February 26, 2021.


Description: Ohio PUCO HOS Relief Propane
Effective: 02/12/2021 | Expires on: 02/18/2021. This grant of regulatory relief is effective immediately and expires at 11:59 PM, February 18, 2021.


Oklahoma


Description: Oklahoma Executive Order 2021-06
Effective: 02/12/2021 | Expires on: 03/14/2021. This Executive Order shall terminate at the end of thirty days.


Oregon


Description: Oregon EO No. 21-02 Ice Storm
Effective: 02/13/2021 | Expires on: 02/20/2021. This emergency shall exist for seven days unless terminated earlier by the Governor.


Tennessee


Description: Tennessee EO76 hours of service waiver
Effective: 02/16/2021 | Expires on: 02/26/2021. The exemption authorized in Paragraph 1 shall remain in effect for ten (10) days, terminating at 11:59pm CT on February 26, 2021.


Texas


Description: Texas DISASTER_severe_weather_FINAL_02-12-2021
Effective: 02/12/2021 | Expires on: TBD


Virginia


Description: Virginia Declaration of a State of  Emergency Due to Anticipated Winter Weather 2-11-2021
Effective: 02/11/2021 | Expires on: This Executive Order shall be effective immediately and shall remain in full force and in effect until March 13, 2021, unless sooner amended or rescinded by further executive order. Termination of this Executive Order is not intended to terminate any federal type benefits granted or to be granted due to injury or death as a result of service under this Executive Order.


Wisconsin


Description: Wisconsin Emergency Declaration Executive Order 108 Declaring Energy Emergency
Effective: 02/11/2021 | Expires on: 03/12/2021 This Executive Order is effective immediately and shall remain in effect for thirty (30) days or the duration of the emergency, whichever is less.


 

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.

Contact Information

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.


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Last updated: Friday, March 19, 2021