Waiver in Response to the COVID-19 National Emergency – For Interstate Drivers Operating Commercial Motor Vehicles (August 31, 2022)

Posted on: December 1, 2021   |   Category: Alerts

SUMMARY: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) hereby declares that the continuing national emergency warrants extension and amendment of the modified Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002.  The extension and amendment of the modified Emergency Declaration continues the exemption granted from certain requirements in 49 CFR Part 395 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) for the fifty States and the District of Columbia as amended herein and as set forth below.

 The extension and amendment of the modified Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 provides 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 (1) livestock and livestock feed; (2) medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis, and treatment of COVID-19; (3) vaccines, constituent products, and medical supplies and equipment including ancillary supplies/kits for the administration of vaccines, related to the prevention of COVID-19; (4) 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; (5) food, paper products, and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores; and (6) gasoline, diesel, diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), jet fuel, ethyl alcohol, and heating fuel including propane, natural gas, and heating oil.  Direct assistance does not include non-emergency transportation of qualifying commodities or routine commercial deliveries, including mixed loads with a nominal quantity of qualifying emergency relief added to obtain the benefits of this emergency declaration.  To be eligible for the exemption, the transportation must be both (i) of qualifying commodities and (ii) incident to the immediate restoration of those essential supplies.1  

DATES: In accordance with 49 CFR § 390.25, this extension and amendment of the modified Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 is effective at 12:00 A.M. (ET), June 1, 2022, and shall remain in effect until 11:59 P.M. (ET), August 31, 2022, unless modified or terminated sooner by FMCSA.   

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