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State of North Carolina 2017-EO13

State of North Carolina



July 27, 2017



WHEREAS, due to the major power outage impacting the Outer Banks islands of Hatteras and Ocracoke, vehicles bearing equipment and supplies for utility restoration need to be moved on the highways of North Carolina; and

WHEREAS, I hereby declare, pursuant to N.C.G.S. § 166A-19.20, that a state of emergency as defined in N.C.G.S. §§ 166A-19.3(6) and 166A-19.3(19) exists in the State of North Carolina due to a major power outage on Hatteras Island in Dare County and Ocracoke Island in Hyde County that could extend for weeks; and

WHEREAS, the uninterrupted supply of electricity, fuel oil, diesel oil, gasoline, kerosene, propane, liquid petroleum gas, food, water, and medical supplies to residential and commercial establishments is essential before, and any interruption in the delivery of those commodities threatens the public welfare; and

WHEREAS, the prompt restoration of utility services to citizens is essential to their safety and well-being; and

WHEREAS, under the provisions of N.C.G.S. § I 66A-19.30(b)(3) the Governor, with the concurrence of the Council of State, may regulate and control the flow of vehicular traffic and the operation of transportation services; and

WHEREAS, with the concurrence of the Council of State, I have found that vehicles bearing equipment and supplies for utility restoration, carrying essentials and for debris removal must adhere to the registration requirements of N.C.G.S. § 20-86.1 and 20-382, fuel tax requirements of N.C.G.S. §§ 105-449.45, 105-449.47, and 105-449.49, and the size and weight requirements of N.C.G.S. §§ 20-116,20- 11 8 and 20-119. I have further found that citizens in this State may suffer losses and will likely suffer imminent further widespread damage within the meaning of N.C.G.S § 166A-19.3(3) and N.C.G.S. § 166A- 19.21(b); and

WHEREAS, 49 CFR § 390.23 allows the Governor of a state to suspend the rules and regulations under 49 CFR Parts 390-399 for up to 30 days if the Governor determines that an emergency condition exists; and

WHEREAS, under N.C.G.S. § 166A-19.70, the Governor may declare that the health, safety, or economic well-being of persons or property requires that the maximum hours of service for drivers prescribed by N.C.G.S. § 20-38 1 should be waived for persons transporting essential fue ls, food, water, medical supplies, and for vehicles used in the restoration of utility services.

NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to the authority vested in me as Governor by the Constitution and the laws of the State of North Carolina, IT IS ORDERED:

Section 1.
The Department of Public Safety in conjunction with the North Carolina Department of Transportation shall waive the maximum hours of service for drivers prescribed by the Department of Public Safety pursuant to N.C.O.S. § 20-381.

Section 2.
The Department of Public Safety in conjunction with the Department of Transportation shall waive certain size and weight restrictions and penalties arising under N.C.O.S. §§ 20-116, 20-118 and 20-119, and certain registration requirements and penalties arising under N.C.O.S. §§ 20-86.1 and 20-382, and certain registration and filing requirements and penalties arising under N.C.O.S. §§ 105-449.45, 105-449.47, and 105-449.49 for vehicles transporting equipment and supplies for the restoration of utility services, carrying essentials and for equipment for any debris removal.

Section 3.
Notwithstanding the waivers set forth above, size and weight restrictions and penalties have not been waived under the following conditions:

  1. When the vehicle weight exceeds the maximum gross weight criteria established by the manufacturer (OVWR) or 90,000 pounds gross weight, whichever is less.
  2. When the tandem axle weight exceeds 42,000 pounds and the single axle weight exceeds 22,000pounds.
  3. When a vehicle and vehicle combination exceeds 12 feet in width and a total overall vehicle combination length of 75 feet from bumper to bumper.
  4. Vehicles and vehicle combinations subject to exemptions or permits by authority of this Executive Order shall not be exempt from the requirement of having a yellow banner on the front and rear measuring a total length of 7 feet by 18 inches bearing the legend "Oversized Load" in 10 inch black letters 1.5 inches wide and red flags measuring 18 inches’ square to be displayed on all sides at the widest point of the load. In addition, when operating between sunset and sunrise, a certified escort shall be required for loads exceeding 8 feet 6 inches in width.

Section 4.
Vehicles referenced under Sections 2 and 3 shall be exempt from the following registration requirements:

  1. The requirement to obtain a temporary trip permit and pay the associated $50.00 fee listed in N.C.O.S. § 105-449.49 is waived for the vehicles described above. No filing of a quarterly fuel tax return is required because the exemption in N.C.O.S. § 1 05-449.45(b)(1) is recognized.
  2. The registration requirements under N.C.O.S. § 20-382.1 concerning intrastate and N.C.O.S. § 20-382 concerning interstate for-hire authority is waived; however, vehicles shall maintain the required limits of insurance as required.
  3. Non-participants in North Carolina's International Registration Plan and International Fuel Tax Agreement will be permitted into North Carolina in accordance with the exemptions identified by this Executive Order.

Section 5.
The size and weight exemption for vehicles will be allowed on all routes designated by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, except those routes designated as light traffic roads under N.C.O.S. § 20-118. This order shall not be in effect on bridges posted pursuant to N.C.O.S. § 136-72.

Section 6.
The waiver of regulations under Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations) does not apply to the CDL and Insurance Requirements. This waiver shall be in effect for 30 days or the duration of the emergency, whichever is less.

Section 7.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol shall enforce the conditions set forth in Sections I through 6 of this Executive Order in a manner which will implement these provisions without endangering motorists in North Carolina.

Section 8.
Upon request by law enforcement officers, exempted vehicles must produce documentation sufficient to establish the ir loads are being used for bearing equipment and supplies for utility restoration, debris removal, carrying essentials in commerce, in the State of North Carolina.

Section 9.
This Executive Order does not prohibit or restrict lawfully possessed fire arms or ammunition or impose any limitation on the consumption, transportation, sa le or purchase of alcoholic beverages as provided in N.C.O.S. § 166A-1 9.30(c).

Section 10.
Pursuant to N.C.O.S. § 166A-1 9.23, this declaration triggers the prohibition against excessive pricing as provided in N.C.O.S. § 75-37 and 75-38 in the declared emergency area.

Section 11.
This Executive Order is effective immediately and shall remain in effect for thirty (30) days or the duration of the emergency, whichever is less.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto signed my name and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in the City of Raleigh, this 27th day of July in the year of our Lord two thousand and seventeen.




Elaine F. Marshall

Secretary of State


Last updated: Friday, July 28, 2017