The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) updated its initial Emergency Declaration to add the transportation of fuel, which includes propane. The Emergency Declaration waives hours of service requirements for the transportation of essential supplies. FMCSA specifies, “This Emergency Declaration provides regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance in support of emergency relief efforts related to the COVID-19 outbreaks, including transportation to meet immediate needs.” FMCSA identifies relief services eligible for the hours of service waiver:
- 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 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants;
- Food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores;
- Immediate precursor raw materials – such as paper, plastic, or alcohol – that are required and to be used for the manufacture of items in categories (1),(2) or (3);
- Equipment, supplies and persons necessary to establish and manage temporary housing, quarantine, and isolation facilities related to COVID-19;
- Persons designated by Federal, State or local authorities for medical, isolation, or quarantine purposes; and
- Persons necessary to provide other medical or emergency services, the supply of which may be affected by the COVID-19 response.
The waiver is in effect immediately until April 12, 2020. The update does not extend the termination date of the declaration.
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.