August 28, 2017

The FMCSA Suspends Hours of Service Rules for Hurricane Harvey Relief

The FMCSA suspends hours of service rules for Hurricane Harvey relief

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has lifted certain trucking regulations in the states of Louisiana and Texas for drivers who are providing “direct assistance” for hurricane Harvey relief.

The suspended regulations include Hours of Service rules and apply to all states that drivers are driving through on their route to the emergency. In other words, the suspension of Hours of Service rules applies to all states that drivers are traveling through, including the ones that may not be stated in the declaration of emergency.

Although started as a storm, Harvey quickly grew into a hurricane. Maximum sustained winds were recorded at 130 mph, making the hurricane a Category 4 storm. It is also the first major storm of Category 3 or higher since 2005 to make U.S. landfall.

The hurricane is expected to continue affecting areas for the next few days, and heavy rainfall could reach 20 to 40 inches in some areas.

According to the National Hurricane Center, “This slow motion of the cyclone is expected to exacerbate the potential for catastrophic flooding from heavy rainfall at least through the middle of the next week.”

For more information regarding the FMCSA’s suspension of Hours of Service regulations for drivers providing direct assistance to the affected regions, click here.

And here is some more information on Hours of Service exemptions in general if you want to learn more about the topic.

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