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VA Waiver for carriers transporting essential emergency relief supplies or providing emergency restoration of infrastructure services. (Amendment) 3_23_20

COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
1401 EAST BROAD STREET RICHMOND, VA 23219

Stephen C. Brich, P.E.
Commissioner

March  19, 2020

TO:   Affected Agencies and Shippers/Carriers
SUBJECT:  Waiver for carriers transporting essential emergency relief supplies or providing emergency restoration of infrastructure services. (Amendment)

In order to provide preparedness and response support to areas affected by COVID-19 Governor Northam has declared a State of Emergency to exist for the Commonwealth of Virginia and is seeking to grant temporary overweight, over width, registration, license, or hours of service exemptions to all carriers transporting essential emergency relief supplies to, through and from any area of the Commonwealth. This authorization also applies to water, food, heating oil, motor fuels or propane, or agricultural products, agricultural supplies, livestock and poultry, livestock and poultry feed and forest products, or providing restoration of utilities (including but not limited to electricity, gas, phone, water, wastewater, and cable) or removal of waste to, through, and from any area of the Commonwealth in order to support the COVID-19 response and recovery, regardless of their point of origin or destination.

As a result, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles authorizes a temporary waiver of registration and licensing requirements for carrier, and the Commissioner of Highways authorizes a temporary waiver of normal weight and width restrictions on roads controlled by the Virginia Department of Transportation, for the express purpose of ensuring that emergency essential supplies and services reach impacted areas in timely manner. Weight exemptions are not valid on interstate highways unless there is an associated federal emergency declaration. At this time, there is an associated Presidential Declaration of Emergency under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. This document shall provide a carrier with special permitting authority when traveling on the interstate while responding to this pandemic. This is to be effective beginning 5:00 PM March 19, 2020 until 5:00 PM May 19, 2020 and includes an exemption in coordination with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management which activates the FMCSA Section 390.23 Relief of Regulations including hours of service.

Weight exemptions are not valid on posted structures for restricted weight. The exemption shall not exceed the duration of the motor carrier's or drivers direct assistance in providing emergency relief.

TRUCK          MAX         SINGLE       TANDEM         3AXLE          4AXLE
TYPE             G.V.W.         AXLE           AXLE             GROUP         GROUP
3 AXLES      60,000            24K            44K                 54.SK             64.5K
4AXLES       70,000           24K             44K                 54.SK            64.SK
5+AXLES     90,000           24K             44K                54.SK            64.SK
6+AXLES    100,000          24K             44/k                54.SK            64.SK

All over width loads, up to a maximum of 12 feet, and over height loads up to a maximum of 14 feet must follow Virginia Depanment of Motor Vehicles hauling permit and safety guidelines.

This information is for immediate dissemination to preclude inadvertent ticketing or detention. Multi-agency support and cooperation is appreciated. If there are any questions, please contact Mr. Earl Sharp at (804)786-4692.

Sincerely,
Stephen C. Brich, P.E.


 

Last updated: Friday, March 27, 2020