The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) updated the Emergency Declaration for motor carriers “providing direct assistance in support of relief efforts related to the COVID-19 public health emergency.” The waiver is now in effect through December 31, 2020.
FMCSA defines direct assistance as “transportation and other relief services provided by a motor carrier or its driver(s) incident to the immediate restoration of essential services (such as medical care) or essential supplies related to COVID-19 during the emergency.” FMCSA cautions that the waiver is not applicable to routine commercial deliveries. Additional limitations on the deliveries eligible for the waiver and requirements for those motor carriers acting under the waiver are detailed here:
Guidance on emergency declarations and waivers by the National Association of State Energy Officials is available here. Please direct any questions to or share new information with Sarah Reboli, NPGA Deputy Counsel, Regulatory Affairs.