FMCSA Extends HOS Waiver to May 15

Several states also ease summer blend requirements on gasoline.

April 10, 2020

WASHINGTON—Earlier this week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) extended and expanded hours of service (HOS) requirements for the delivery of essential items through May 15.

The previous waiver, which included fuel, was set to expire on April 12. In addition to extending the hours of service waiver, the order also expanded the authority to include the transporting of liquified gases that are used in refrigerants and cooling systems.  To see the order, click here.

In addition to the FMCSA hours of service waiver, several states issued waivers to allow winter blend gasoline to be distributed or sold beyond the deadlines to transition to summer blend gasoline. Those states include:

Indiana—The state of Indiana issued a waiver that suspends ASTM Class D-4 springtime fuel requirements and extends Class E-5 winter blend fuel requirements until April 30.

Pennsylvania—The commonwealth of Pennsylvania updated enforcement guidance for fuel by extending the date to allow the sale of Class E-5 (winter blend) gasoline to be sold until June 1. The original waiver was in effect until April 30.

South Dakota—The state of South Dakota issued an executive order to allow the sale of ATSM Class D-4/E-5 fuels (winter season) to be sold and distributed in the state until May 31, 2020.

Washington—The state of Washington’s Department of Agriculture (WSDA) will continue to allow winter blend gasoline to be distributed and sold from April 1- April 30.

Last week, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas and West Virginia issued waivers, enforcement discretion or guidance regarding the transition from winter grade fuel requirements to summer grade fuel requirements.