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U.S. Department of Transportation U.S. Department of Transportation Icon United States Department of Transportation United States Department of Transportation

Connecticut Declaration of Emergency Notice 12.22.2022

60 State Street, Wethersfield, CT 06161


Pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes (CGS) §I 4-l 63c, and the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies§14- I 63c­ l 0, the Deputy Commissioner of the Depa1tment of Motor Vehicles, Antonio Guerrera, has granted a limited exemption from the provisions of 49 CFR §395.3, specifically for the intrastate transportation of gasoline, diesel fuel, fuel oil, biodiesel and propane, in connection with an impending wind storm, and low temperatures, that may cause further delays to drivers that are already waiting to resupply heating fuel suppliers that are out of fuel. Given the impending high winds, and the low temperatures, the resupply may not occur until after the storm has passed, and any problems that may be associated with said storm, and low temperatures, and its impact on the State of Connecticut. This emergency exemption is effective beginning Thursday, December 22, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Declaration of this emergency exemption provides motor carriers with relief from 49 CFR §395.3 and CGS §14-l 63c only while providing direct assistance through the delivery of gasoline, diesel fuel, fuel oil, biodiesel and propane to Connecticut homes and businesses during the emergency. This declaration of emergency exemption applies to ce1tain Hours of Service Regulations under 49 CFR Part 395. Direct assistance terminates when a driver or commercial motor vehicle is used in intrastate or interstate commerce to transport cargo not destined for the emergency relief effort or when the carrier dispatches such driver to another location to begin operations in commerce.

Nothing contained in this declaration shall be construed as an exemption from the Controlled Substances and Alcohol Use and Testing requirements (49 CFR Part 382), the Commercial Driver's License requirements (49 CFR Part 383), the Minimum Levels of Financial Responsibility for Motor Carriers (49 CFR Part 387) and applicable size and weight requirements or any other portion of the statues or regulations not specifically identified herein.

Motor Carriers that have an Out-of-Service Order in effect cannot take advantage of the relief from the regulations that this declaration provides under CGS § I 4- I 63c and the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies § 14-163c-10. Additionally, motor carriers who have any revocation of registration privileges under CGS §14-35a or §14-215 by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles cannot take advantage of relief from regulations.

No motor carrier operating under the terms of this notice shall require or permit a fatigued or ill driver to operate a commercial motor vehicle. A driver who informs a motor carrier that he or she needs immediate rest shall be given at least ten consecutive hours off-duty before the driver is allowed to return to service.

Drivers of motor carriers that operate under the Declaration of Emergency Exemption Notice must have a copy of it in their possession.

Drivers who utilize this exemption may come back into compliance and restart the hours of service clock after 24 hours off-duty which starts at the end of their extended-hours period.

Consistent with CGS § I 4-163c, and the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies § I 4-163c-10, this emergency exemption notice will remain in effect until Tuesday, December 27, 2022 11:59 p.m. EST.

Antonio Guerrera
Deputy Commissioner
State of Connecticut
Depa1tment of Motor Vehicles

Last updated: Friday, December 23, 2022