FMCSA Extends Historic Hours of Service Exemption Until June 15
Washington, D.C. – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced on Wednesday the extension of its historic hours of service (HOS) exemption for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operators and carriers engaged in direct relief assistance to the COVID-19 national emergency.
The waiver, which was scheduled to expire on Friday, May 15, has been extended through June 14, the Agency said in an announcement.
“Because the Presidentially declared COVID-19 national emergency remains in place, FMCSA is extending the Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 and associated regulatory relief in accordance with 49 CFR § 390.25. This extension of Emergency Declaration addresses national emergency conditions that create a need for immediate transportation of essential supplies, equipment and persons, and provides necessary relief from the FMCSRs for motor carriers and drivers engaged in the transport of essential supplies, equipment and persons,” the announcement said in part.
“FMCSA has … taken historic action in response to the coronavirus outbreak to provide truckers with regulatory relief and recently has helped distribute one million protective face coverings to truckers around the nation,” an FMCSA spokesperson told Transportation Nation Network (TNN) in an exclusive statement on Tuesday.
Read more of what FMCSA told TNN on Tuesday HERE.
Once again, the Agency made clear the waiver only applies to those engaged in direct assistance which 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.”
Further, direct assistance terminates when a driver or CMV is used in interstate commerce to transport cargo or provide services that are NOT in support of emergency relief efforts related to the COVID-19 outbreaks, or when the motor carrier dispatches a driver or commercial motor vehicle to another location to begin operations in commerce.
The FMCSA issued its first Emergency Declaration on March 13, in response to President Donald Trump declaring the COVID-19 outbreak a national emergency.
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The Agency then expanded the waiver on March 18, to include raw materials and fuel.
Another extension and further expansion followed on April 8.
The current extension will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. (ET) June 14, or until the revocation of the Presidentially declared COVID-19 national emergency, whichever is sooner.
For a list of the emergency declaration restrictions and limitations, view the full announcement HERE.
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