Many states are waiving regs for truckers assisting with the relief efforts and clean up following Gustav’s drenching of the Gulf Coast.
Primarily states are focused on lifting size and weight restrictions on relief loads. Some states are offering a free pass while others retain some control over how big or heavy the loads are, such as Louisiana.
Permitting varies state to state as well, and those steps are outlined in each of the declarations. To read the latest round of executive orders lifting regulations on truckers providing relief, click on the name of each state with an active order.
These waivers followed declarations made by the governors of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama issued for various areas hit by Gustav. Because of those declarations, truckers providing certain types of relief assistance are relieved from Parts 390-399 of the regs until Sept. 26.
A notice on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Web site states:
“Motor carriers and drivers providing direct emergency relief to, from or within the areas covered by the declarations are temporarily relieved from Parts 390-399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, including hours of service (HOS), regardless of commodity carried.”
Truckers should not assume they are operating under any of the waivers until they have coordinated with state and federal emergency officials before providing assistance.
More information on waivers can be found on FMCSA’s Web site by clicking here.