The FMCSA staff extend their deepest sympathies to the victims of
Hurricanes Wilma, Rita, and Katrina, and thanks to those in the industry helping to restore normalcy
and hope in these areas.
FMCSA is providing the following information to assist motor carriers and drivers in
understanding how the aftermath of Hurricanes Wilma, Rita and Katrina may affect their transportation operations.
Emergency Declaration Information
To provide vital supplies and transportation services to the disaster area
in the United States, emergency declarations were issued by the
President, Governors of States, and by FMCSA. These declarations triggered the temporary
suspension of certain Federal safety regulations, including Hours-of-Service
(HOS), for motor carriers and drivers engaged in specific locations and aspects
of the emergency relief effort.
Relief from Federal safety regulations is limited
to a maximum of 30 days, unless extended by FMCSA itself. In order to be in full compliance with
all declarations, be sure to read the
of "emergency" and
The table below reflects current available relief.
Refer to the frequently asked questions (FAQ) for more information.
|FMCSA REGIONAL DECLARATION:|
Emergency Cargo - Motor carriers and drivers providing direct emergency relief
to, from or within the areas covered by the FMCSA regional declaration
are temporarily relieved from Parts 390-399 of the Federal safety regulations,
including Hours of Service (HOS), regardless of commodity carried.
Drivers and carriers should coordinate with State and Federal emergency officials before providing assistance
If you have any questions regarding the emergency exemptions identified in CFR 49 Part 390.23 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Regulations please contact
local FMCSA Division Office
As always, FMCSA urges all truck drivers and motor carriers providing relief to exercise their best judgment regarding safety.