ATLANTA, GA – March 13, 2020 – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a nationwide Hours of Service waiver for motor carriers providing emergency freight relief in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The emergency declaration is the first of its kind by the FMCSA and allows commercial drivers to provide direct assistance in supporting emergency relief efforts in all 50 states. With operational relief in place, carriers can transport and meet immediate needs for medical supplies, emergency restocking of food, hygiene and sanitation products, equipment and supplies for quarantine facilities and personnel providing medical or other emergency services related to COVID-19.
“Our nations’ truck drivers remain on the front lines delivering life-saving supplies to our communities during the coronavirus outbreak,” said Harris Rainbow, Chief Operating Officer, Nolan Transportation Group. “We’re proud to see the entire industry come together to provide emergency relief and to make sure that America’s economy keeps moving forward.”
The FMCSA does not limit the hours of service while driving; however, once a delivery is complete, the driver must receive 10 hours off duty if delivering goods and eight hours off duty if transporting emergency relief passengers.
The HOS waiver will last through April 12, 2020 or until the nationwide emergency has ended, whichever comes sooner.
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