U.S. Department of Transportation
Western Service Center
12600 West Colfax Avenue, Suite B-300
Lakewood, CO 80215
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
September 1, 2017
EXTENSION OF STATE DECLARATION NOTICE 49 CFR 390.25
The Field Administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) Western Service Center hereby declares that an emergency exists that warrants extension of the State Declaration of Emergency, and continuing the exemption granted in accordance with 49 CFR 390.23(a)(1) from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), except as otherwise restricted herein.
On July 23, 2017, because of critical fire danger and widespread wildfire activity, the Governor of Montana signed Executive Order 7-2017 declaring that a state of emergency in the State of Montana; on August 1 1, 2017 based on significantly increasing numbers of wildfires, the Governor executed Executive Order 8-2017 expanding the declaration of emergency. Because emergency conditions have not abated and fire activity has increased, on August 23, 2017, the Governor of the State of Montana requested that FMCSA extend the Emergency Declaration and associated regulatory relief in accordance with 49 CFR 390.25. This extension of the State Emergency Declaration addresses ongoing emergency conditions creating a need for immediate transportation of supplies, equipment and persons into and from the State of Montana and provides necessary relief.
By execution of this extension of the Emergency Declaration, motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance to the wildfires in the States of Montana are granted emergency relief from Parts 390 through 399 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations except as restricted herein.
The extension of the Emergency Declaration provides for the regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations while providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts transporting supplies, equipment, and people into or from the State of Montana or providing other assistance in the form of emergency services during the wildfire emergency in the State of Montana. Direct assistance terminates when a driver or commercial motor vehicle is used in interstate commerce to transport cargo or provide services not directly supporting the emergency relief effort.
Nothing contained in this extension of the Emergency 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 financial responsibility (insurance) requirements (49 CFR Part 387), hazardous material regulations (49 CFR Parts 100 through 1 80), applicable size and weight requirements, or any other portion of the regulations not specifically authorized pursuant to 49 CFR 390.23.
Emergency Declaration Restrictions & Limitations
By execution of this extension to the Emergency Declaration, motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance to the wildfire emergency in Montana are not granted emergency relief from, and must continue to comply with, the following Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) and conditions:
- 49 CFR 392.2 related to the operation of a commercial motor vehicle in accordance with State laws and regulations, including compliance with applicable speed limits and other traffic restrictions.
- 49 CFR 392.3 related to operation of a commercial motor vehicle while a driver's ability or alertness is so impaired, or so likely to become impaired, through fatigue, illness, or any other cause, as to make it unsafe for him/her to begin or continue to operate the commercial motor vehicle.
- Motor carriers shall not require or allow fatigued drivers to operate a commercial motor vehicle. A driver who informs a carrier that he/she needs immediate rest shall be given at least ten consecutive hours before the driver is required to return to service.
- Drivers are required to comply with the portions of 49 CFR Part 395 related to the preparation, retention and accuracy of a driver's record of duty status (RODS). Drivers are directed to note "Emergency Declaration" in the remarks section of the RODS to identify that their operation is in direct assistance to the emergency relief.
- A motor carrier whose driver is involved in a crash while operating under this emergency declaration must report any recordable crash within 24 hours, by phone or in writing, to the FMCSA Division Office where the motor carrier is domiciled. The carrier must report the date, time, location, driver, vehicle identification, and brief description of the crash.
- Motor carriers or drivers currently subject to an out-of-service order are not eligible for the relief granted by this declaration until they have met the applicable conditions for its rescission and the order has been rescinded by FMCSA.
- Drivers for motor carriers operating under this declaration must have a copy of the declaration in their possession.
- Upon termination of direct assistance to the emergency relief effort, the motor carrier and driver are subject to the requirements of 49 CFR Parts 390 through 399, except that a driver may return empty to the motor carrier's terminal or the driver's normal work reporting location under the terms of the declaration. Direct assistance terminates when a driver or commercial motor vehicle is used in interstate commerce to transport cargo not in direct furtherance of the emergency relief efforts. Upon return to the terminal or other location, such driver must be relieved of all duty and responsibilities.
- Upon termination of direct assistance to the emergency relief effort, no motor carrier shall require or permit any driver used by it to drive, nor shall any such driver drive in interstate commerce until the driver has met the minimum hours off duty requirements of 49 CFR 5395.3 (property carriers), and 395.5 (passenger carriers).
In accordance with 49 CFR 390.25, this extension to the Emergency 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 31, 2017, whichever is less.