As Hurricane Dorian intensifies near the U.S., the FMCSA has expanded its emergency declaration to 10 southeastern states.
The declaration is now issued for Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The FMCSA notes that the emergency declaration applies to truckers who are “providing direct assistance for the immediate restoration of essential services (such as electrical, sewer, water, and telecommunications) or essential supplies (such as food, water, medical supplies, and fuel).”
Although HOS rules are suspended, the FMCSA emphasizes that drivers may not operate if they are fatigued, ill, or in any way presenting a danger to others on the roadway.
Drivers are still required to comply with CDL, drug/alcohol, hazardous materials, size and weight, or State/Federal registration, and tax requirements.