North Carolina Issues HOS Waivers

Governor declares state of emergency following Hurricane Zeta.

November 03, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C.—As a result of damage caused by Hurricane Zeta, the governor of North Carolina has declared a state of emergency and issued transportation waivers for vehicles using DOT designated routes to deliver needed supplies.

The suspension applies to vehicles carrying equipment and supplies for utility restoration, fuel, food, water and medical supplies, as well as vehicles used for debris removal.

Under the governor’s emergency declaraction, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, in conjunction with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, will waive the maximum hours of service for drivers prescribed by DPS pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-381 and will waive certain size and weight restrictions and penalties.

More details of the order can be found here.

Hurricane Zeta reached landfall near the southeastern tip of Louisiana as a Category 2 storm last Wednesday before moving through Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina. At one point, Zeta had maximum sustained winds of 110 mph, toppling trees and causing road closures and widespread power outages.

Convenience stores are regularly the first to open after hurricanes to provide much needed food, water, and emergency supplies to their communities. To best prepare your stores for disasters and emergencies, be sure to visit NACS’ Disaster and Emergency Preparedness page so your store can be there when your community calls.