WASHINGTON—The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has again extended its emergency relief declaration for truckers who are directly assisting with coronavirus-related efforts, reports TTNews.com. This week, FMCSA announced that the declaration will remain in place through August 14 to continue aid efforts across certain supply chains.
“This extension addresses national emergency conditions that create a need for immediate transportation of essential supplies,” said Jim Mullen, deputy administrator, FMCSA. Motor carriers and drivers are considered essential to providing medical care and supplies during the pandemic.
The extension offers “regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance in support of emergency relief efforts related to COVID-19 and is limited to transportation of livestock and livestock feed; medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19; and supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants.” It does not include the transportation of fuels.
The emergency declaration, which would have expired July 14, covers every state and the District of Columbia. Click here to read the announcement.
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