WASHINGTON — In response to Hurricane Michael, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Southern Service Center has issued a regional emergency declaration for the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgie, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee that provides exemption for Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.
The exemption covers several aspects of commercial motor vehicle operation, including Hours of Service regulations.
The agency said the declaration is needed to address anticipated emergency conditions in the Affected States and jurisdictions creating a need for immediate transportation of supplies, equipment and persons, and provides necessary relief.
The emergency declaration provides for regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations while providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts transporting supplies, equipment, fuel and persons into and from the affected states and jurisdictions or providing other assistance in the form of emergency services during the emergency in the affected states and jurisdictions from Hurricane Michael. Direct assistance terminates when a driver or commercial motor vehicle is used in interstate commerce to transport cargo or provide services not directly supporting the emergency relief effort or when the motor carrier dispatches a driver or commercial motor vehicle to another location to begin operations in commerce
The agency said the declaration is effective immediately and will remain in effect for the duration of the emergency or until 11:59 p.m. EST, November 9, 2018, whichever is less.