The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended the Emergency Declaration providing driver hours-of-service relief for transportation providing direct assistance in support of relief efforts related to the COVID-19 public health emergency through February 28, 2022. Under the Emergency Declaration, motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance in support of relief efforts related to the COVID-19 public health emergency are granted emergency relief from 49 CFR § 395.3, maximum driving time for property-carrying vehicles, for certain categories of shipments
Important: This declaration applies only to 395.3 “Maximum Driving Time for Property-Carrying Vehicles”.
Dates: This declaration becomes effective at 12:00 a.m. December 1, 2021, and expires February 28, 2022, unless modified or terminated sooner. Reporting requirements previously established remain in effect.
To be eligible, the transportation must be both:
- of qualifying commodities
- incident to the immediate restoration of those essential supplies
The declaration published is limited to:
- livestock and livestock feed
- medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis, and treatment of COVID-19
- vaccines, constituent products, and medical supplies and equipment, including ancillary supplies/kits for the administration of vaccines, related to the prevention 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
- food, paper products, and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores
- gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and ethyl alcohol
- supplies to assist individuals impacted by the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g., building materials for individuals displaced or otherwise impacted as a result of the emergency)
Review the applicability, restrictions and limitations listed within the waiver. Read the full extension of the Emergency Declaration.