They’ve done it yet again! The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (or the FMCSA) has decidedly been able to issue just another length of the emergency declaration. Yes! They have! This is in response to COVID-19. This is them providing regulatory relief towards truckers who are brave enough to haul COVID-19 relief supplies.
The FMCSA extension came about on February 12, 2021.
Well, it’s looking like they’re extending a 50-state emergency declaration. This certainly will give some regulatory relief for truckers. This is in specific to Truck drivers who want to haul items through on May 30, 2021.
The waiver, therefore, provides relief throughout Parts 390 through 399 of the FMCSA regulations. These include Hours of Service requirements, specifically for truckers who are providing assistance during the pandemic.
The waiver, therefore, applies to truckers hauling supplies in direct support of COVID-19 relief efforts:
- Livestock feed
- Medical supplies related to the testing of COVID-19
- Vaccines related to the prevention of COVID-19
- Supplies for community safety from COVID-19, like masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants
- Food, paper and various groceries in case of need for emergency restocking of distribution stores
The FMCSA had this to say: “Direct assistance does not include routine commercial deliveries, including mixed loads with a nominal quantity of qualifying emergency relief added to obtain the benefits of this emergency declaration.”
And you wonder in times like these if we’re all even so capable of the energy it requires to become more than ourselves. The FMCSA sure knows how. It’s a requirement in their eyes. It’s a necessity at its best. So crucial in some way shape or form. To believe anything else is absolutely ludicrous. It shouldn’t matter in such an instance, therefore. But perhaps it does in a varied way. The FMCSA knows there’s good that exists in the world. Wouldn’t you believe them, therefore? Why wouldn’t that matter so much?