Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Makes Emergency Declaration for Drivers

On March 13, 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration made an emergency declaration granting exemptions to particular drivers and deliveries regarding restrictions on drivers’ hours of service, required parts and accessories needed for safety operation and also allowing longer combination vehicles.

The exemptions apply to truck drivers involved in direct COVID-19 assistance efforts, such as those hauling and delivering medical supplies, testing equipment, masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, food, and personnel.  On March 18, 2020, the FMCSA issued an expanded declaration, which broadened the scope of “direct assistance” to include other materials, such as raw items like fuel and paper products.  Under the relaxed rules, drivers are still required to receive a minimum of 10 hours off if transporting goods, and 8 hours off if transporting personnel.

You can read the FMCSA’s full posting at the link below:

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency/expanded-emergency-declaration-under-49-cfr-ss-39023-no-2020-002-relating-covid-19

As always, please reach out to an EHD Risk Control Consultant with any questions related to this FMCSA emergency declaration.

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