Truckers who pick up hurricane relief supplies may be handed a very official looking document that claims to excuse them from rules ranging from hours of service to overweight limits - but it's not worth the paper its written on.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a press release warning truckers that the paperwork is completely bogus.
"This document is not official, has no status or authority, and was not issued by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers," said Rob Holland, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers South Atlantic Division Headquarters spokesman.
"We are investigating the origins of this document. In the meantime, be assured that we in no way intend to interfere with the normal requirements of governments, whether national, state or local. We are of course aware that some requirements may have been modified in response to the emergencies by the respective regulatory agencies or states. Law enforcement officials would be aware of those through their normal chains of command."
The press release encouraged enforcement agencies to bear in mind that truckers in possession of this paperwork may very well not be aware that the document has no official standing and are not trying to skirt the existing regulations.