Hours of Service and Weight Restrictions Waived For Truckers Hauling Tornado-Relief Supplies

Frankfurt, KY — The Commonwealth of Kentucky is offering hours of service (HOS) and weight restriction exemptions for truckers engaged in relief efforts following the severe weather over the weekend.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Jim Gray issued the order late Friday evening in the wake of deadly tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, flash flooding and damaging winds that ravaged Kentucky.


In an effort to expedite relief to damaged areas, Gray declared “relief from [HOS] imposed on commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) providing power restoration, removing debris and delivering gasoline, propane and diesel fuel within the affected areas,” the official order stated.

In the order, Gray also declared CMVs involved in relief efforts to affected areas will receive a waiver of stopping at all weigh stations.

In addition, CMVs providing relief and “vital products” to affected areas would be exempt from permit fees for overweight/over-dimensional vehicles and IRP Registration Requirements would be waived as well.


The decree specified that “all other safety requirements shall remain in full force and effect.”

Any driver operating under the authority of Gray’s official order is required to have a copy of the order in the cab of the CMV.

The declaration of emergency will remain in effect until 12:01 a.m. EST on January 14, 2022.


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