FMCSA expands HOS regulation waiver to 10 states ahead of hurricane

Hurricane Dorian has strengthened into a Category 3 storm and is expected to reach Florida by Monday.

10 states

As Hurricane Dorian intensifies and nears the U.S., the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has expanded their emergency declaration to include 10 southeastern states.

On August 29, the FMSCA announced that they were expanding the emergency declaration issued for Florida to include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In anticipation of HURRICANE DORIAN, FMCSA has issued a Regional Emergency Declaration for AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC,…

Posted by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Thursday, August 29, 2019

The emergency declaration suspends certain regulations including Hours of Service for drivers who are providing relief services or supplies in response to Hurricane Dorian.

The FMCSA notes that the emergency declaration applies to truckers who are providing “direct assistance for the immediate restoration of essential services (such as electrical, sewer, water, and telecommunications) or essential supplies (such as food, water, medical supplies, and fuel).”

Though HOS rules are suspended, the FMCSA says drivers may not operate if they are fatigued, ill, or in any way presenting a danger to others on the roadway.

Drivers are still required to comply with CDL, drug/alcohol, hazardous materials, size & weight, or State/Federal registration, and tax requirements.

Hurricane Dorian has strengthened into a Category 3 storm and is expected to reach Florida by Monday.

Gas has already become so difficult to find in Florida that state troopers are escorting tanker trucks to gas stations.

Tanker escort

FUEL IS COMING – If you have been struggling to find gas, don't worry. Florida Highway patrol is escorting tankers with fuel to make sure they get to where they need to go safely.DORIAN LATEST: https://bit.ly/2ZEve2xFORECAST CONE: https://bit.ly/2LROjr2(Video: Florida Highway Patrol)

Posted by WSVN-TV on Friday, August 30, 2019

You can click here to learn more about the emergency declaration.

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