State-by-state quickie guide: Hurricane emergency orders for truckers

| 9/9/2005

States suspending all fees for oversize/overweight loads, as long as they meet the individual state requirements for size, weight and are properly labeled, marked, flagged and escorts only:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Kansas
  • New York
  • Nebraska (on transporting mobile homes only)
  • Nevada
  • Utah

States waiving fees for trip permits only:

  • Connecticut
  • Colorado
  • Georgia (must obtain permit at weigh station upon entering GA)
  • Illinois
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Montana (must have FEMA letter)
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia

States waiving BOTH trip permits and oversize/overweight:

  • Florida
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky (must get os/ow permit, no fees)
  • Louisiana
  • Missouri
  • New Jersey (must get os/ow permit, no fees)
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • Ohio
  • Rhode Island
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Utility companies:

  • North Carolina waives the requirements for utility companies from IRP

IFTA waivers:

  • Ohio - for relief loads
  • Mississippi - for relief loads

Red dyed fuel - states issued waivers

  • California
  • Georgia
  • Michigan
  • Virginia

DOT Hazmat exemptions:
The U.S. DOT has issued emergency exemption waiving the enforcement of hazmat requirements for loads related to recovery and relief efforts in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.

TSA Hazmat Endorsements
TSA has waived certain hazmat regs for the disaster states and have loosened up hazmat endorsement requirements. Here's how OOIDA's Rick Craig explains that. This exemption applies to drivers applying for a new hazmat endorsement. Not renewals or transfers, but new "HMEs."

The drivers must go through the application and fingerprinting process. They must undergo a name-based check and get results before an HME gets issued. Drivers must demonstrate they are hauling hazmat into the affected area. The state can issue an HME prior to receiving a favorable result on the background check. In a nutshell, Craig says you've got to go through all the steps but the state CAN give it to you before getting the results. If the results are bad, they can revoke it.