FMCSA Extends Emergency Hours of Service Exemption for COVID-19 Relief Carriers

Washington D.C. – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is once again extending its historic 50-state hours of service (HOS) exemption for motor carriers directly engaged in COVID-19 pandemic relief efforts.

In a newly issued extension of its expanded modified Emergency Declaration last issued on December 1, 2020, the Agency informed it will continue to provide unprecedented exemptions of Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) through May 31, 2021.


“This extension of the expanded modified Emergency Declaration addresses national emergency conditions that create a need for immediate transportation of essential supplies, and provides necessary relief from the FMCSRs for motor carriers and drivers,” new Acting FMCSA Administrator Meera Joshi said.

The extension of the expanded modified Emergency Declaration provides regulatory relief for motor carriers providing “direct assistance” in support of emergency relief efforts related to COVID-19 and is limited to 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.


As in all previous orders, direct assistance does not include routine commercial deliveries, including mixed loads with a nominal quantity of qualifying emergency relief.

Click HERE to read the entire order complete with a list of specifically noted restrictions and limitations.



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