On July 13, 2020, the FMCSA extended its emergency exemption through Aug. 14, 2020, allowing drivers and companies assisting with COVID-19 pandemic relief efforts to circumvent certain regulations. The exemption, which was originally set to expire July 14, was extended because the presidentially declared COVID-19 emergency remains in place, and some supply chains still require direct assistance.
Specifically, under the emergency declaration, eligible motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance in support of relief efforts related to the COVID-19 outbreak are not required to comply with Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. This includes rules regarding hours of service, vehicle inspections, and driver qualifications, among others.
Furthermore, the exemption is limited to the transportation of:
- Livestock and livestock feed
- Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis, and treatment of COVID-19
- Supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 (e.g., masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap, and disinfectants)
It’s important to note that drivers and motor carriers operating under this exemption must continue to comply with the commercial driver’s license, drug and alcohol testing, financial responsibility (insurance), hazardous materials, and size and weight requirements.
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