FMCSA Extends But Scales Back Hours of Service Relief, Livestock Haulers Still Exempt

Washington D.C. – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is once again extending its historic 50-state hours of service exemption for carriers engaged in direct relief efforts to the COVID-19 national emergency, but scaling it back.

In an “Extension and Modification of Expanded Emergency Declaration” issued this week, the FMCSA is extending the regulatory relief until July 14, 2020, after it was set to expire on June 15.


However, the Agency is reducing the commodities covered under the exemption by canceling the regulatory relief for loads of food, fuel, liquefied gases to be used in refrigeration or cooling systems, and raw materials such as paper, plastic or alcohol.

Additionally, no longer covered are persons designated by Federal, State or local authorities for medical, isolation, or quarantine purposes; and persons necessary to provide other medical or emergency services, the supply of which may be affected by the COVID-19 response.

The exemption is now limited to transportation of: livestock and livestock feed; medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19; and 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.


The Agency once again reiterated 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 this emergency declaration.

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