ALERT: FMCSA Suspends Hours of Service Across Southeast Ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Washington D.C. – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a Regional Emergency Declaration in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian.
In preparation for Hurricane Dorian to make landfall in Florida this weekend, the FMCSA on Friday announced an immediate suspension of certain federal motor carrier safety regulations (FMCSRs) for drivers and carriers “engaged in specific aspects of the emergency relief effort.”
Affected States and Jurisdictions included in the Emergency Declaration are: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Drivers and motor carriers must be providing “direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts transporting supplies, goods, equipment and fuel into the Affected States and Jurisdictions, and transporting persons into and from the Affected States and Jurisdictions, or providing other assistance in the form of emergency services during the emergency in the Affected States and Jurisdictions from Dorian,” in order to be exempted from the FMCSRs.
In anticipation of HURRICANE DORIAN, FMCSA has issued a Regional Emergency Declaration for AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, PR and VI. This declaration provides emergency relief for the transport of supplies, equipment, fuel and people. https://t.co/WfSCY2wWnI pic.twitter.com/UJWqN7Wm6B
— FMCSA (@FMCSA) August 29, 2019
Further, the Regional Emergency Declaration does NOT exempt drivers/carriers from the requirements relating to CDL, drug/alcohol, hazardous materials, size & weight, or State/Federal registration and tax requirements.
Officials urged drivers and carriers to coordinate with State emergency officials before providing assistance.
State regulations regarding size and weight, permits, taxes, etc. may not have been waived.
The FMCSA said it expects drivers to exercise “good judgement” and not operate vehicles while fatigued or ill.
The Agency also urged all drivers not to operate under any conditions presenting a clear hazard to other motorists using the highways.
The declaration is effective immediately and will remain in effect for the duration of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR § 390.5) or until 11:59 P.M. (ET), September 28, 2019, whichever is less, the FMCSA said.
Hurricane Dorian is expected to strengthen before making landfall in Florida early next week.
According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Dorian is expected to bring “life-threatening storm surge” and “devastating hurricane-force winds” along Florida’s east coast.
Additionally, NHC said a “prolonged period of storm surge, high winds and rainfall is likely in portions of Florida into next week.”
— FMCSA (@FMCSA) August 30, 2019
A total of 14 states, plus the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, are now currently under HOS suspension.
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