New Waivers Issued Due to Storms

In response to recent winter storms, a host of new waivers have been issued on the East Coast and Midwest.

January 29, 2019

WASHINGTON – Many areas around the country experienced major winter storms of late, which caused hazardous weather conditions including heavy and wet snow, sleet, heavy and freezing rain, ice, bitter cold, sustained high winds, tidal and coastal flooding, and main stream and river flooding.

As a result, on January 18, 2019, FMCSA issued a declaration of emergency, including an hours of service waiver, covering Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. It is in effect through February 2, 2019.

States of emergency’s, declarations and executive orders have also been implemented in a number of states as well: 

  • Virginia issued an Executive Order that declared a state of emergency.
  • North Carolina issued an Executive Order that declared a state of emergency.
  • South Carolina issued an Executive Order that declared a state of emergency.
  • New Hampshire: On January 20, 2019, New Hampshire issued a declaration including hours of service waivers for “motor carriers providing delivery of propane and home heating oil to homes and businesses within the State of New Hampshire, delivery of gasoline and diesel fuel to filling stations, delivery of foodstuffs and medicines to grocery and drug stores; and vital work by local utility crews.” It is in effect through February 4, 2019.
  • New Jersey: On January 18, 2019, New Jersey issued a declaration of emergency, which triggers a federal HOS waiver for up to 30 days.
  • Pennsylvania: On January 18, 2019, Pennsylvania issued a declaration of emergency, which triggers a federal HOS waiver for up to 30 days. 
The FMCSA’s Southern Service Center has also extended Alabama, Florida and Georgia’s regional emergency declaration due to damage from Hurricane Michael. And the FMCSA’s Southern and Eastern Service Centers have extended North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia’s regional emergency declaration due to Hurricane Florence. California’s declaration was also extended to March 19, 2019 due to wildfires.
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