FMCSA issues Emergency Declaration

September 30, 2022 7:46 AM | John Rigney (Administrator)

Commercial motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance during the emergency in the seven states are granted temporary relief from Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, Section 395.3 for maximum driving time for property-carrying vehicles.

States of Emergency

States covered by the Regional Emergency Declaration:

• Florida

• Alabama

•  Georgia

• Kentucky

• Mississippi

• North Carolina

• South Carolina

The emergency declaration applies to commercial motor vehicle operations involved in providing direct assistance for emergency relief in transporting supplies, goods, equipment and fuel into the seven states.

The declaration stipulates that when a commercial driver is transitioning from relief services to normal business operations transporting property, a 10-hour break is required when the total time equals or exceeds 14 hours that a driver is engaged in emergency relief or combined emergency/normal work.

Direct emergency assistance ends when a driver or commercial motor vehicle is used in interstate commerce to transport cargo or provide nonemergency services, or when a motor carrier dispatches a driver or commercial motor vehicle to another location to begin business operations.



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