FMCSA Suspends HOS Rules In 21 States Ahead Of Tropical Storm Barry
Washington, D.C. – Ahead of Tropical Storm Barry making landfall, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has halted enforcement of hours of service (HOS) regulations in 21 states for trucking companies and owner operators seeking to provide emergency relief assistance.
The FMCSA made the emergency declaration on Wednesday, July 11 and it states:
Drivers responding to provide “direct assistance” to an “emergency” meeting the definitions in 49 CFR 390.5 and declared by FMCSA or a governor, are exempt from applicable regulations in all States on their route to the emergency, even though those States may not be involved in the emergency or stated in the declaration of emergency.
The agency said the emergency must be on-going and you must be providing direct emergency assistance in order to be exempt from safety regulations.
Further, FMCSA said drivers/carriers are not exempted from the requirements relating to CDL, drug/alcohol, hazardous materials, size & weight, or State/Federal registration and tax requirements, as part of this emergency declaration.
The agency urged drivers wishing to provide assistance to coordinate their efforts with State emergency officials because regulations regarding size and weight, permits, taxes, etc. may not have been waived.
FMCSA said the rules suspension will be in place for 30 days and expects drivers to exercise “good judgement.”
Latest estimates from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predict Barry to pound south-central and southeast Louisiana along with southwest Mississippi over the weekend.
As much as 20 inches of rain is expected in some areas.
NOAA officials say the storm will bring “dangerous and life-threatening flooding.”
“The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline,” an NOAA statement said.
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