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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is coordinating with the following states that have Declared Emergency Declarations. We recommend you check each State’s Web site and search for “Issued Emergency Declarations” if you are interested in more details. For those carriers or drivers interested in providing services or need to understand FMCSA regulations, the following applies:

Emergency Declaration Information
To provide vital supplies and transportation services to a disaster area in the United States, emergency declarations may be issued by the President, Governors of States, or FMCSA. These declarations trigger the temporary suspension of certain Federal safety regulations, including Hours of Service, for motor carriers and drivers engaged in specific aspects of the emergency relief effort. See 49 CFR 390.23 for the actual emergency regulation.

Relief from Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations is limited to a maximum of 30 days, unless extended by FMCSA itself.

The information below reflects currently available relief:

  1. These Federal exemptions, when in effect, only apply to 49 CFR Parts 390-399. They do NOT apply to CDL, drug/alcohol, hazardous materials, size weight, or State/Federal registration and tax requirements. (However, a Governor’s Declaration may add some of those exemptions—read the declaration for details.)
  2. Even if an Emergency Declaration is still in effect, the emergency must be on-going and you must be providing direct emergency relief in order to be exempt from safety regulations.
  3. The list of Emergency Declarations below may not be complete. Declarations may be in effect even if not listed here.
  4. Drivers and carriers should coordinate with State and Federal emergency officials before providing assistance.
  5. Even though safety regulations may be suspended, drivers and carriers are expected to use good judgment and not operate vehicles with fatigued or ill drivers, or under any conditions presenting a clear hazard to other motorists using the highways.

Contact Information

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has established a toll free hotline at 1-877-831-2250 for anyone seeking inquiries pertaining to FMCSA Regulations during a declared disaster.


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Emergency Declarations

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Alabama

Colorado

Description

Effective Date

Expiration Date

Severe Storms, Flooding and Landslides Trigger Federal Emergency Declaration in Colorado (PDF)

9/11/2013

Continuing

Colorado Governor Issues Executive Order Declaring a Disaster Emergency (PDF)

9/13/2013

10/12/3013,
unless further extended

Florida

Idaho

Description

Effective Date

Expiration Date

Idaho Governor Declares State of Emergency Due to Wildfires (PDF)

8/12/2013

9/11/2013

Relief From The Motor Carrier Rules, Due To Wildfire Disaster Declaration (PDF)

8/14/2013

9/13/2013

Indiana

Iowa

Louisiana

Minnesota

Mississippi

Description

Effective Date

Expiration Date

Mississippi Governor Declares a State of Emergency for Tropical Storm Karen (PDF)

10/03/2013

In effect until further notice

Montana

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Connecticut

Description

Effective Date

Expiration Date


Waiver of International Registration Plan (IRP) Requirements for
Connecticut (PDF)

2/8/2013

In effect until further notice


Notice of Emergency Exemption from Hours of Service of Drivers (PDF)

2/7/2013

2/13/2013


Declaration of Disaster Emergency by Governor Dannel P. Maloy (PDF)

2/8/2013

3/8/2013

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Maine

Description

Effective Date

Expiration Date


Governor’s Emergency Proclamation for US DOT Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Hours of Service Waiver (PDF)

2/8/2013

2/12/2013

Massachusetts

Description

Effective Date

Expiration Date


Massachusetts Executive Order (PDF)

2/8/2013

In effect until further notice


Massachusetts Governor’s Declaration of Emergency (PDF)

2/8/2013

In effect until further notice


Massachusetts Declaration of Emergency Notice (PDF)

2/9/2013

2/16/2013

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New Jersey

Description

Effective Date

Expiration Date


Emergency Declaration Allows an Exemption to Hours-of-Service Regulations for Delivery of Heating Fuels (PDF)

2/11/2013

2/18/2013

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Nebraska

New Mexico

Description

Effective Date

Expiration Date

Wildfires and Potential Flooding Prompt New Mexico Governor to Issue State of Emergency (PDF)

6/19/2013

In effect until further notice.

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New York

Description

Effective Date

Expiration Date

Emergency Declaration Provides Relief from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) in the Counties of Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Westchester and Contiguous Areas

2/8/2013

For the duration of the motor carriers or driver’s direct assistance in providing emergency relief, or up to 30 days from the date of the initial declaration


Certain Hours-of-Service Regulations are Modified for Motor Carriers Transporting Heating Fuels (PDF)

2/6/2013

2/20/2013

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Oregon

Description

Effective Date

Expiration Date

Wildfires Prompt Oregon Governor to Issue Emergency Declaration in Josephine County (PDF)

7/25/2013

12/31/2013

Emergency Relief from Motor Carrier Safety Regulations Due to Oregon Wildfires (PDF)

7/25/2013, 5:17 P.M., PST,

8/25/2013, 11:59 P.M., PST,

South Dakota

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Rhode Island

Description

Effective Date

Expiration Date


Declaration of Disaster Emergency by Governor Lincoln Chafee (PDF)

2/8/2013

2/13/2013

(for transportation of home heating fuel, propane, and liquid natural gas)

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Virginia

Description

Effective Date

Expiration Date


Declaration of Disaster Emergency by Governor Bob McDonnell

3/6/2013

Until further notice.

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Wisconsin

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