Coronavirus & the Trucking Industry:
Federal Hours of Service Waivers

FMCSA Extends HOS Emergency Relief Waivers for Regulations
Posted May 13, 2020
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued extended their Emergency Declaration for regulations, including Hours of Service, until June 14, 2020. The declaration provides regulatory relief for carriers assisting in emergency relief/resupply efforts in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  
Relief is granted to those transporting to meet immediate needs for:
  • Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19.
  • Supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19, such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants.
  • Food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores.
  • Immediate precursor raw materials, such as paper, plastic, or alcohol, that are required and to be used for the manufacture of essential items.
  • Fuel.
  • Liquefied gases to be used in refrigeration or cooling systems.
  • Equipment, supplies and persons necessary to establish and manage temporary housing, quarantine, and isolation facilities related to COVID-19.
  • Persons designated by federal, state or local authorities for medical, isolation, or quarantine purposes.
  • Persons necessary to provide other medical or emergency services, the supply of which may be affected by the COVID-19 response.
Click here to read the entire FMCSA declaration.

FMCSA HOS Emergency Declaration Extended Through May 15
Posted Spril 9 2020
FMCSA --- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended and expanded its emergency declaration providing regulatory relief to truck drivers who are transporting emergency supplies during the coronavirus outbreak through May 15.
Specifically, FMCSA’s declaration grants exemption from Parts 390-399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, which cover hours of service, parts and accessories needed for safe operation, and longer combination vehicles.
The notice further expands the emergency declaration to cover the transportation of liquefied gases used in refrigeration or cooling systems. All of the requirements and applicability outlined in the original and expanded declaration remain in effect, and have not changed.
FMCSA emphasized that the emergency declaration does not grant drivers relief from regulations such as speed limits. Drivers are not exempt from requirements relating to commercial driver licenses, drugs and alcohol, hazardous materials, size, weight and registration requirements.
Motor carriers cannot require or allow a fatigued driver to operate a truck. A driver who informs a carrier that he or she needs immediate rest must be given at least 10 consecutive hours before returning to service.
Click here to view the extended emergency declaration.

USDOT Expands National Emergency Declaration for Commercial Vehicles Delivering Relief in Response to Coronavirus Outbreak
Posted March 18, 2020
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today issued an expanded 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.
FMCSA’s expanded declaration provides for regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts intended to meet immediate needs for:
The expanded declaration stipulates that direct assistance does not include routine commercial deliveries, including mixed loads with a nominal quantity of qualifying emergency relief added to obtain the benefits of the emergency declaration.
To ensure continue safety on the nation’s roadways, the emergency declaration stipulates that once a driver has completed his or her delivery, the drive must receive a minimum of 10 hours off duty if transporting property, and 8 hours if transporting passengers. 
FMCSA’s emergency declaration is the first time the Agency has issued nation-wide relief and follows President Trump issuing of a national emergency declaration in response to the virus.  
To read FMCSA’s expanded national emergency declaration click here.

Questions on the FMCSA Emergency Proclamation