FMCSA Modifies and Extends Emergency Declaration

*This page was last updated August 18, 2020. 

Due to the increased demand for essential supplies for the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) issued a national emergency declaration providing regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operators. Previously set to expire August 14, 2020, the Emergency Declaration has been extended to September 14, 2020, or until the revocation of the Presidentially declared COVID-19 national emergency, whichever is sooner. Although it has been extended, it has also been modified.

The extension for CMV operations providing direct assistance in support of emergency relief efforts related to COVID-19 and is limited to transportation of:

  • Livestock and livestock feed
  • Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19
  • Supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants
  • Food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores.

FMCSA has concluded that there is no longer a need for emergency relief for the other categories of supplies, equipment, and persons that were previously covered by the May 13 extension and expansion of Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 and are therefore no longer covered.

Continued Safety

It’s vital that employers understand that the extension has been modified. Unless drivers fall into the categories listed by the extension, they should otherwise resume following the FMCSA’s regulations prior to the changes brought about by COVID-19. In addition, employers should also continue to carefully follow any waivers set to expire for Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and Commercial Learner’s Permits (CLP) for any changes that may occur in the upcoming months as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

How Can DISA Help?

As the pandemic continues and states proceed with reopening phases, it’s vital that employers remain up-to-date on the latest regulations and changes for their industry. DISA’s Transportation Compliance (DTC) can assist employers with maintaining compliance during these unprecedented times. Regardless of the DOT agency you report to, we can offer assistance with FAA, FRA, FTA, FMCSA, PHMSA, and USCG.

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