FMCSA Extends Historic COVID-19 Relief Waiver Through End of the Year
Washington D.C. – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is extending its historic 50-state hours of service (HOS) exemption for motor carriers directly engaged in coronavirus pandemic relief efforts through the end of 2020.
Last week, the FMCSA announced it would once again be extending the Agency’s unprecedented exemption of Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) through December 31, 2020.
“This extension 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,” the FMCSA said.
The current Emergency Declaration includes the 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.
Additionally, in an extension in August, the Agency once again included haulers “providing relief for emergency restocking of food, paper products and other groceries at distribution centers or stores.”
Remember, “direct assistance” does not include routine commercial deliveries, including mixed loads with a nominal quantity of qualifying emergency relief.