In response to Hurricane Dorian, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) executed a Regional Emergency Declaration for the Southern and Eastern Service Centers. In addition, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina have issued state waivers and other emergency notices.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Regional Emergency Declaration. The emergency declaration waives hours-of-service requirements for those providing direct support of relief efforts related to Tropical Storm Dorian in the following states:
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- Puerto Rico
- U.S. Virgin Islands
The waiver is effective until 11:59 pm September 28, 2019. Drivers operating under the terms of the FMCSA Regional Declaration may keep a copy of the declaration in the vehicle.
Florida. The state of Florida published a notice that amended weight, height, length, and width restrictions for certain commercial vehicles as well as a notice to bypass weigh station facilities for emergency response vehicles in the state.
Georgia. Governor Brian P. Kemp executed an emergency declaration for 21 counties. Governor Kemp also executed a hours of service waiver for commercial vehicle operations supplying petroleum products, emergency materials or supplies, and agricultural harvests within the entire state of Georgia. The Governor’s waiver is in effect for 10 days.
North Carolina. Governor Roy Cooper executed a hours of service waiver for commercial vehicle operations supplying petroleum products, emergency materials or supplies, and agricultural harvests within the entire state of North Carolina. The Governor’s waiver is in effect for 30 days.
South Carolina. Governor Henry McMaster executed an emergency declaration. The emergency declaration waives certain weight, length, and other restrictions for commercial vehicles transporting supplies in response to the emergency. The hours of service waiver for commercial vehicle operations applies to petroleum products, emergency materials or supplies, and agricultural stock. The Governor’s waiver is in effect for 30 days.
State Re-Entry Information. Once the storm has passed, each state has its own procedures for re-entering areas impacted by the storm. Please refer to your state’s program and contacts.
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.
For more information on propane safety in hurricanes, please visit the Propane Education & Research Council.