Waivers granted for tornado relief supplies headed to Oklahoma

By David Tanner, Land Line associate editor | 5/21/2013

Carriers and truckers hauling medical supplies, food, fuel and other emergency relief to parts of Oklahoma devastated by tornadoes are temporarily exempt from certain federal regulations as long as they carry a copy of a federal waiver with them.

A Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration field administrator for the Oklahoma City region declared a regional emergency on Monday, May 20, following deadly and damaging storms that began on May 18.

“This declaration provides relief for commercial motor vehicle operations while providing emergency relief materials and services to customers in Oklahoma during the emergency,” FMCSA Field Administrator for Oklahoma Darrell Ruban stated.

The declaration exempts those directly involved in the relief effort from federal hours of service through June 15.

Direct relief is outlined in 49 CFR 390.5 as “direct assistance to supplement state and local efforts and capabilities to save lives or property or to protect public health and safety.”

To be exempt, truckers should carry a copy of the declaration with them. Click here to view and print the declaration.

Meanwhile, the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety is not allowing oversize/overweight loads on certain highways for the time being.

The department’s Size and Weight Permits Division issued a statement Monday to inform motor carriers about temporary restrictions for oversize/overweight travel on the following roadways:

  • I-35 between I-240 & OK-9 – both directions.
  • SW 119th Street/NW 12th Street between I-44 & I-35 – both directions.
  • SW 134th Street/SW 4th Street between I-44 & I-35 – both directions (OK-37).
  • SE 134th Street/SE 4th Street between I-35 & 77H – both directions (OK-37).
  • SW 149th Street/SW 19th Street between I-44 & I-35 – both directions.
  • OK-77 between JCT OK-77/West Franklin Street to West Lindsey Street – both directions.

Check with the permits division for updates by clicking here.

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