WY Emergency Declaration
Wyoming Highway Patrol
MARK GORDON COLONEL KEBIN HALLER Governor Admintrator K. LUKE REINER Director, WYDOT
To: All Port of Entry and Sworn Members
From: Captain David Wagener
Date: March 16th, 2020
Subject: Emergency Declaration and Motor Carrier Rules Relief Due to Coronavirus
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a national emergency declaration to provide hours-of-service regulatory relief to commercial vehicle drivers transporting emergency relief in response to the nationwide coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The exemptions fall under 49 CFR parts 390 to 399.
FMCSA’s declaration provides for regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts intended to meet immediate needs for:
* Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19.
* Supplies and equipment, including masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants, necessary for healthcare worker, patient and community safety, sanitation, and prevention of COVID-19 spread in communities.
* Food for emergency restocking of stores.
* Equipment, supplies and persons necessary for establishment and management of temporary housing and quarantine facilities related to COVID-19.
* Persons designated by Federal, State or local authorities for transport for medical, isolation or quarantine purposes.
* Personnel to provide medical or other emergency services.
To ensure continued safety on the nation’s roadways, the emergency declaration stipulates that once a driver has completed his or her delivery, the driver must receive a minimum of 10 hours off duty if transporting property, and 8 hours if transporting passengers.
To read FMCSA’s national emergency declaration, visit: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency/emergency- declaration-under-49-cfr-ss-39023-no-2020-002
This declaration is effective immediately and shall remain in effect until the termination of the emergency or until 11:59 p.m. on April 12th, 2020, whichever occurs sooner.