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Minnesota Emergency Executive Order (Order 20-06)

STATE OF MINNESOTA
Executive Department

 

Governor Tim Walz

 

Emergency Executive Order 20-06

Providing for Emergency Relief from Regulations to Motor Carriers and Drivers Operating in Minnesota

I, Tim Walz, Governor of the State of Minnesota, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and applicable statutes, issue the following Executive Order:

The COVID-19 pandemic presents an unprecedented challenge to our State. Minnesota has taken proactive steps to ensure that we are ahead of the curve on COVID-19 prevention and response. On March 13, 2020, I issued Executive 
Order 20-01 and declared a peacetime emergency because this pandemic, an act of nature, threatens the lives of Minnesotans, and local resources are inadequate to address the threat.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Motor Carrier Tier Safety Administration issued a national emergency declaration that provides relief from certain safety regulations to carriers providing direct assistance to support emergency relief efforts. Governors of neighboring states, including Iowa, have also provided relief from certain safety regulations to assist with emergency efforts.

Minnesota Statutes 2019, sections 169.80, 169.823, 169.824, and 169.87 provide weight limitations for vehicles operating on Minnesota roadways. Minnesota Statutes 2019, section 221.0314, subdivision 9, adopts federal safety regulations, including hours of service requirements for drivers. Minnesota Statute 2019, section 221.0269, provides: "The governor may declare an emergency and grant relief from any of the regulations incorporated in section 221.0314 to carriers and drivers operating motor vehicles in Minnesota to provide emergency relief during the emergency."

Strict enforcement of certain hours of service and weight restriction regulations would prevent or hinder efforts to provide necessary and time-sensitive assistance to Minnesotans. The continued, efficient movement of essential supplies, including food, medical supplies and household items, is vital to the health and safety of all Minnesotans.

For these reasons, I order as follows:

  1. A state of emergency exists in Minnesota that requires assistance from motor carriers to transport supplies to affected areas of the state. Vehicles and drivers providing direct assistance for emergency relief efforts in response to COVID-19 are exempted from ce1tain regulations as described in this Executive Order. Direct assistance means transp01tation by a motor carrier or its driver(s) incident to the immediate restoration and/or delivery of essential supplies including food, medical supplies, and household items, related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. The weight-related regulatory provisions of Minnesota Statutes 2019, sections 169.80, 169.823, 169.824, and 169.87, are suspended, to the extent that those provisions require a special permit or restrict the overweight movement of essential supplies including food, medical supplies, and household items transported in support of direct assistance to emergency relief efforts in response to COVID-19.
  3. Suspension of these weight-related provisions applies to loads transported on all roads within Minnesota. Unless the Federal Highway Administration suspends the federal weight limitations on the interstate system, vehicles over 80,000 pounds’ gross weight may not use the interstate system. Vehicles operating under this Executive Order may not exceed the maximum axle weight limits established under Minnesota Statutes 2019, section 169.824 by more than twelve and one-half percent (12.5%); the maximum axle weight limit of 20,000 pounds or 90,000 pounds’ gross weight. Additionally, vehicles operating under this Executive Order must comply with posted limits on bridges.
  4. Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 2019, section 221.0269, subdivision 1, conditions exist in Minnesota that require relief from regulations incorporated in Minnesota Statutes 2019, section 221.0314, subdivision 9, pertaining to hours of service for carriers and drivers of commercial motor vehicles providing direct assistance to emergency relief efforts in response to COVID-19.
  5. Motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance to emergency relief efforts in response to COVID-19 by transporting essential supplies to affected areas of the state are exempted from the Code of Federal Regulations, title 49, part 395.3, which is incorporated in Minnesota Statutes 2019, section 221.0314, subdivision 9, pertaining to hours of service
  6. This Executive Order does not relieve motor carrier and drivers providing direct assistance to emergency relief efforts from regulations pertaining to driver qualifications; driving of commercial motor vehicles; commercial drivers' licenses; drug and alcohol testing for drivers; or equipment, parts, and accessories necessary for the safe operation of vehicles.
  7. No motor carrier operating under the terms of this Executive Order shall require or allow a fatigued or ill driver to operate a commercial motor vehicle. A driver who informs a carrier that he or she needs immediate rest shall be relieved of all duty and responsibilities and given at least 10 consecutive hours off duty before the driver is required to return to service.
  8. Upon the expiration of this Executive Order or termination of direct assistance to emergency relief efforts, the driver must receive a minimum of 10 hours off duty.

This Executive Order is effective immediately under Minnesota Statutes 2019, section 4.035, subdivision 2, and remains in effect for 30 days, or until the direct assistance has ended, whichever occurs first. For purposes of this Executive Order, direct assistance does not include routine commercial deliveries, or transportation of mixed loads that include freight that is not being transported in support of emergency relief efforts. Additionally, direct assistance to an emergency relief effort terminates when a driver or commercial motor vehicle is used to transport cargo not destined for the emergency relief effort, or when the carrier dispatches that driver or vehicle to another location to begin operations in commerce.

Signed on March 17, 2020.
                               

                                                                                Tim Walz
                                                                                Governor

 

Filed According to Law:

Steve Simon
Secretary of State

 


Filed on March 17, 2020 
Office of the Minnesota
Secretary of State,
Steve Simon


 

Last updated: Thursday, March 19, 2020