JEFFERSON CITY -- In response to extensive flooding in the Midwest, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has exempted truck drivers involved in flood relief efforts from certain regulations, including hours of service.
FMCSA has issued a Regional Emergency Declaration for motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts in the following states: Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri,
Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Drivers can take advantage of the waiver as long as they are providing direct assistance in support of the flood relief effort, which is in effect until the emergency is over or until 11:59 p.m. on April 18, 2019, whichever comes first.
This emergency declaration provides regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance to the emergency relief effort while transporting supplies, equipment, fuel and persons into and from the affected States. Commercial
motor vehicle operations providing other assistance in the form of emergency services in the affected states are also granted regulatory relief during the emergency.
The emergency order does not exempt drivers/carriers from the requirements relating to CDL, drug/alcohol, hazardous materials, or State/Federal registration and tax requirements.
For more information, see: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency-declarations or contact MoDOT Motor Carrier Services at 1-800-877-8499 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.