RICHMOND, Va. – On March 2, to provide response and recovery support to areas affected by forecasted severe weather, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has declared a State of Emergency and is seeking relief for all carriers transporting essential emergency relief supplies, livestock or poultry, heating oil, motor fuels and propane, or providing restoration of utilities (electricity, gas, telecommunications, water and wastewater) in and through areas of the state to support disaster response and recovery.
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has also authorized a temporary waiver of registration and licensing requirements for carrier, and the Commissioner of Highways authorized a temporary waiver of normal weight and width restrictions on roads controlled by the Virginia Department of Transportation, for the express purpose of ensuring that emergency essential supplies and services reach impacted areas in timely manner.
This waiver is effective beginning 5 pm on March 2 until 5 pm March 17, and includes an exemption in coordination with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management that activates the FMSCA Section 390.23 Relief of Regulations including hours of service. This waiver only pertains to statewide shippers and carriers associated with emergency relief efforts.
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