FMCSA Extends Emergency Declaration for Carriers Providing COVID Relief Efforts


FMCSA has extended the Emergency Declaration that was set to expire on May 31, 2021. This extension includes the same regulatory relief for motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance in support of relief efforts related to COVID-19, as included in the February 17 declaration.
The expanded declaration is limited to the transportation of:
  1. Livestock and livestock feed;
  2. Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19;
  3. Vaccines, constituent products, and medical supplies and equipment including ancillary supplies/kits for the administration of vaccines, related to the prevention of COVID-19;
  4. 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, and;
  5. Food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores.
Please note, this expanded declaration becomes effective at 12:00 A.M. June 1, and expires on August 31, 2021. The Agency says it intends to review the status of this and other emergency regulatory relief — including CDL, CLP, and medical card validity extensions — on July 1, 2021, and may take action to modify or terminate if conditions warrant. The Agency says, “it is FMCSA’s intention to wind down the exemptions granted under this Emergency Declaration and related COVID-19 regulatory relief measures to the extent possible.
As with previous declarations, emergency regulatory relief is provided from parts 390 through 399 of the FMCSRs, including the hours-of-service regulations. Emergency relief does not include certain FMCSR’s related to the safe operation of CMVs, such as controlled substance and alcohol testing, financial responsibility requirements, CDL requirements, operation of a CMV while ill or fatigued, size and weight requirements, and additional FMCSR’s which are outlined in the declaration.