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Declarations of Emergency/Waivers Issued
 

FMCSA Extends Regional Declaration of Emergency for FL, PR, USVI

On January 4, FMCSA extended its emergency declaration, including waiving hours of service requirements and other related regulations, for Florida, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands. The extension “addresses ongoing emergency conditions creating a need for immediate transporting of supplies and equipment” in the affected states. The declaration is now in effect through March 8, 2018. 

A link to the extension is here.

Texas

On January 18, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) extended its previously-issued Regional Declaration of Emergency for the State of Texas due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey. Specifically, the declaration waives hours of service requirements for drivers “providing direct assistance to the emergency.” The waiver is in effect through March 22, 2018. 

A link to the waiver is here

Cold Weather HOS Waivers

As cold weather envelops much of the nation, bringing extreme temperature lows to cities across the U.S., several states have acted to ease the burden on drivers transporting fuel and other vital commodities by waiving hours of service requirements. The below waivers have already been issued and SIGMA will continue to monitor the situation. 

FMCSA Extends Regional Declaration of Emergency

On January 10th, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) extended its December 30th Regional Declaration of Emergency, which waived hours of service and other regulations in response to anticipated heating fuel shortages due to severe winter weather.  The extension is in effect through January 28, 2018.

The waiver covers the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. 

A link to the waiver is HERE.

Alabama

On January 15, Alabama waived hours of service requirements for drivers “providing emergency or disaster related materials, supplies, goods, and services.” The waiver is in effect for 30 days. 

A link to the waiver is here

Connecticut 

On January 19, Connecticut again waived hours of service related to “the intrastate transportation of diesel fuel and gasoline in connection with emergency conditions resulting from extreme cold temperatures.” The waiver, which is in effect January 20-January 28, only applies to drivers providing direct assistance. 

A link to the waiver is here

Indiana

On December 28, 2017, Indiana waived hours of service requirements for “motor carriers and drivers transporting propane” due to the cold weather and a heating fuel shortage in the state.  The waiver is in effect until January 10, 2018. 

A link to the waiver is here

Iowa

On December 29, the Governor of Iowa issued a proclamation suspending hours of service regulations for “crews and drivers delivering propane.” The waiver is effective through January 3, 2018.

A link to further information is here.

Kansas

On January 3, Kansas waived hours of service requirements to ensure “the delivery of essential services or essential supplies,” including heating oil. The waiver is in effect until January 28, 2018. 

A link to the waiver is here.

Maine

On January 8, 2018, Maine waived hours of service requirements for “heating fuel and bulk petroleum delivery drivers.” The waiver is intended to help facilitate the movement of petroleum products and ensure public safety. The waiver is in effect until January 14, 2018. 

A link to the waiver is here.

Massachusetts 

On January 19, Massachusetts again waived hours of service for “motor carriers and drivers of commercial motor vehicles, while transporting and delivering (i) fuels necessary for the continued heating of homes, businesses and other structures, and (ii) any necessary fuels to electric generating facilities.” The waiver is in effect January 20-January 28. 

A link to the waiver is here.

Minnesota

On December 29, the Governor of Minnesota waived hours of service regulations for “carriers and drivers of commercial motor vehicles while in the process of obtaining and delivering propane, diesel fuel, gasoline, and heating oil.” The waiver is effective for two weeks.

A link to the waiver is here.

Missouri

On December 29, Missouri temporarily suspended hours of service regulations for “carriers who directly assist in emergency relief efforts by transporting fuels commonly used in the heating of residences, businesses, and other facilities.” The waiver is effective until the end of the day January 2, 2018.

A link to the waiver is here.

New Hampshire

On December 26th, New Hampshire waived a variety of regulations including hours of service requirements for “motor carriers providing delivery of propane and natural gas to homes and businesses within the State of New Hampshire, delivery of gasoline to filling stations, delivery of foodstuffs and medicines to grocery and drug stores, and vital work by local utility crews.” The exemption is in effect until January 19, 2018. 

A link to the declaration is here

New York

On December 27, New York waived hours of service requirements “with respect to the intrastate transportation of fuels throughout New York.” The waiver is effective through January 19, 2018. 

A link to the waiver is here

North Carolina

On January 16, North Carolina waived hours of service for “vehicles transporting equipment and supplies for the restoration of utility services and transportation facilities, and vehicles carrying essentials and equipment for any debris removal.” The waiver is in effect for 30 days. 

A link to the waiver is here.

Ohio

On December 29, Ohio temporarily waived hours of service for “drivers operating commercial motor vehicles transporting propane products within Ohio” due to “longer than usual wait times at propane terminals due to increased demand.” The waiver is in effect through January 8, 2018.

Ohio separately waived hours of service requirements for “drivers operating commercial motor vehicles transporting heating oil within Ohio.” That waiver also expires at the end of the day on January 8, 2018.

A link to the propane waiver is here.

A link to the heating oil waiver is here.

Rhode Island

On January 19, Rhode Island extended its hours of service waiver for “any motor carrier or driver operating a commercial motor vehicle for delivery of home heating fuel (fuel oil, natural gas and propane) to customers in Rhode Island.” The waiver is in effect through January 28. 

A link to the waiver is here.

South Carolina

On December 29, South Carolina suspended hours of service to ensure the efficient transportation of fuel supplies. The order noted, “the uninterrupted supply of fuel oil, diesel oil, gasoline, kerosene, propane, and liquid petroleum gas is essential to the public during the wintertime, and any interruption in delivery poses serious risks to the health, welfare, and economic well-being of South Carolina citizens who depend on fuel.” It is in effect through January 28, 2018. 

A link to the waiver is here

Texas

On December 30, Texas waived hours of service requirements for “motor carriers in Texas providing direct assistance to the delivery of propane and home heating oils to storage facilities and homes in the State of Texas.” The waiver is in effect through January 3, 2018.

A link to the waiver is here.

Virginia

On January 3, 2018, Virginia declared a state of emergency, waiving hours of service for commercial motor vehicles providing emergency relief for 30 days and allowing the Virginia Department of Transportation to provide extra waivers if necessary.  The emergency declaration overall is in effect until March 3, 2018. 

A link to the extension is here.

West Virginia
On December 30, West Virginia approved a request for an hours of service exemption for “all CDL and Haz Mat endorsed drivers in the propane industry.” The request noted that, “Customer demand for propane deliveries has exceeded the ability of drivers for propane retailers to stay within current hours of service requirements.” The waiver is in effect through January 3, 2018.

A link to the waiver is here.

Wisconsin 

On December 28, Wisconsin waived hours of service requirements for “carriers and drivers of commercial motor vehicles while in the process of obtaining and transporting propane,” noting that, “the present shortages of drivers, below-normal cold weather, and long wait times due to shortages of propane at other terminals in the state and nearby constitutes an energy emergency.” The waiver is in effect December 29, 2017 through January 28, 2018.

A link to the waiver is here.  

Vermont

On December 26th, Vermont granted an emergency exemption from hours of service requirements for “motor carriers providing delivery of home heating fuels to customers in Vermont. The relief applies to motor carriers engaged in the transportation of home heating fuels from bulk terminal locations and local delivery operations.” Drivers operating under the terms of the notice must have a copy in their possession. The exemption is in effect until January 9, 2018. 

A link to the declaration is here