FMCSA issues guidance for truck drivers who encounter threatening situations on the road

Amid fears of violence on the roadway, the FMCSA has issued guidance for truck drivers.

Over the last year, CDLLife has reported several incidents of violence against drivers and many truck drivers have voiced their concerns about violence on the roadway.

Yesterday, the FMCSA issued guidance for truck drivers who encounter “incidents of threats.”

“After seeing incidents of threats against truckers, FMCSA wants drivers to know that they may use the emergency conditions exception in § 395.1(b) to complete a trip without violating the hours-of-service regulations if the trip was delayed due to a civil disturbance causing a driver to reasonably fear for their physical safety. Any driver who experiences crime or violence should immediately call the police,” the FMCSA posted to Facebook.

After seeing incidents of threats against truckers, FMCSA wants drivers to know that they may use the emergency…

Posted by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Thursday, July 9, 2020

The emergency conditions exception is typically used for adverse weather conditions, unexpected traffic backups, etc. According the the FMCSA, a driver cannot use the exemption if he or she has accumulated driving time and on-duty time that would put a driver over 15 hours or over 70 hours in 8 days. The adverse driving conditions exception only applies to the 10-hour rule.