FMCSA asks: How a lot is the field utilizing the HOS waiver?

With one more extension of the unexpected emergency hrs-of-support waiver looming, federal regulators want the trucking market to allow them know to what extent carriers and drivers are actually getting edge of the exemption.

The initial-of-its-form, 50-state exemption was initially issued by the Federal Motor Provider Safety Administration in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The order provides motorists and carriers much more time to make deliveries with no violating federal operate-hour necessities. It has been modified, expanded and extended numerous situations as the styles of goods supplied priority during the pandemic developed from food items and gas to confront masks and vaccines.

But immediately after 17 months of the exemption currently being in result, the FMCSA will endeavor to locate out how valuable it is in purchase to help notify future extensions.

“FMCSA does not know how numerous motor carriers or drivers are relying on the crisis declaration.”


“Neither the emergency declaration nor the restrictions masking [it] call for that motor carriers or motorists running underneath the emergency declaration report their procedure to FMCSA,” the agency stated in a Federal Register see to be printed on Friday. “As a outcome, FMCSA does not know how several motor carriers or drivers are relying on the unexpected emergency declaration.”

Offered the “unprecedented period” considering that the waiver was to start with issued, FMCSA designs to conduct a regular monthly survey for six months of an estimated 1.2 million motorists and carriers to get far more information on whether or not and how the waiver is currently being utilised. The agency estimates the survey will consider 15 minutes to fill out.

As FMCSA seeks Office of Management and Price range acceptance of the study, everyone who wishes to remark on it, including irrespective of whether it is necessary or strategies to enhance it, has right until Monday.

Meanwhile, the most latest extension of the waiver — issued on Might 26 and established to expire on Tuesday – is slated for yet another multi-thirty day period extension, according to a U.S. Section of Transportation formal.

“We’re a team participant on the area along with our other federal agency teammates that are issuing exemptions as part of the Biden administration’s holistic response to the ongoing crisis,” a DOT spokesperson explained to FreightWaves.

The recent variation of the waiver exempts drivers and carriers from Areas 390 to 399 of federal regulations — which features driver several hours of service — for people “providing immediate help in aid of emergency aid efforts” related to COVID-19. It is constrained those hauling:

  • Livestock and livestock feed.
  • Clinical provides and gear relevant to the screening, prognosis and treatment of COVID-19.
  • Vaccines, constituent items, and health care provides and gear, together with ancillary materials/kits for the administration of vaccines, linked to avoiding COVID-19.
  • Supplies and devices vital for community protection, sanitation and prevention of local community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, cleaning soap and disinfectants.
  • Foodstuff, paper merchandise and other groceries for crisis restocking of distribution centers or suppliers.

Even though the commodities are specified in the waiver, the exemption could be resulting in confusion in the field as to what is covered, as beforehand described by FreightWaves. In addition, truck basic safety advocates have cautioned that security should really be a priority in expanding and extending the waiver.

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