FMCSA suspends HOS regs for motor carriers providing relief from Subtropical Storm Alberto

May 29, 2018

Land Line Staff


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued an emergency declaration that temporarily suspends hours-of-service regulations for truck drivers engaged in specific aspects of the emergency relief effort for Subtropical Storm Alberto.

On May 27, FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez directed the regional emergency declaration be issued for Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas. The declaration remains in effect for the duration of the emergency or until June 27, whichever is less.

“Such emergency is in response to the storm referred to as ‘Alberto’ and its possible effects on people and property,” the declaration stated.

“This emergency declaration provides for regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations while providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts transporting supplies, equipment and persons into or from the affected states or providing other assistance in the form of emergency services during the emergency resulting from the storm.”

Truckers hauling fuel products to the affected areas also qualify for the temporary suspension of regulations.

Alberto reached landfall on the Gulf Coast on May 28 and was downgraded from a storm to a depression on Tuesday, May 29.

Motor carriers with questions regarding exemptions from hours-of-service regulations or about transporting overweight equipment to disaster areas can call 877-831-2250.