HOS Waivers Issued

Severe weather in southern U.S. states spurs temporary relief from driver work rules.

December 23, 2019

WASHINGTON—The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a temporary emergency waiver of federal hours of service regulations for truck drivers in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee because of severe weather.

On December 16-17, at least 43 tornados caused widespread and severe damage across the affected states. To address the need for immediate transportation of supplies, equipment, fuel, and persons, FMCSA has granted motor carriers and drivers supporting disaster-relief efforts emergency relief from Parts 390 through 399 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations. The declaration took effect on Dec. 18 and expires on January 17, 2020, or for the duration of the emergency.

In addition, the agency said it won’t enforce the Temporary Operating Authority Registration fee provisions of 49 C.F.R. 360.3T(d)(2) and (f)(6) against motor carriers requesting Temporary Operating Authority Registration in order to provide direct assistance to emergency relief efforts in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. 

A link to the HOS waiver is here.
A link to the registration fee waiver is here.