FMCSA extends regulatory waiver for drivers responding to COVID-19 emergencies through end of year

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 through Dec. 31, 2020.

WASHINGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 through Dec. 31, 2020. The declaration, initially enacted in March after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, was previously set to expire Sept. 14.

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Under the extension, motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance in support of relief efforts related to the COVID-19 crisis are granted emergency relief from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) for the 50 States and the District of Columbia. Direct assistance means transportation and other relief services provided by a motor carrier or its drivers incident to the immediate restoration of essential services (such as medical care) or essential supplies related to COVID-19 during the emergency.

The FMCSA’s declaration provides for regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicles transporting the following:

  • Livestock and livestock feed;
  • Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19;
  • 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; and
  • Food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores.

“Direct assistance” 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.

To view the entire waiver, including limitations and restrictions, click here.

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