COVID-19 and Commercial Truck Driver Requirements (as of March 19, 2020)

FEDERAL.  Effective March 13, 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued an emergency declaration to provide hours-of-service regulatory relief to commercial truck drivers transporting emergency relief in response to COVID-19.  This waiver is in effect for 30 days (April 12) unless extended.

On March 18, 2020, FMCSA expanded the regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts intended to meet immediate needs for:

  • Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19.
  • Supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants.
  • Food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores.
  • Immediate precursor raw materials—such as paper, plastic or alcohol—that are required and to be used for the manufacture of essential items.
  • Fuel.
  • Equipment, supplies and persons necessary to establish and manage temporary housing, quarantine.
  • Persons designated by federal, state or local authorities for medical, isolation, or quarantine purposes.
  • Persons necessary to provide other medical or emergency services.

Here is a Q&A for the Emergency FAQ provided by FMCSA.

WASHINGTON.  On March 18, 2020, Washington also issued an emergency declaration to provide hours-of-service regulatory relief to motor carriers and drivers of commercial motor vehicles collecting or delivering essential foods and emergency supplies in Washington State for the following purposes:

  • Grocery purposes, including but not limited to pet food and supplies;
  • Medical supplies and equipment;
  • Pharmaceuticals; or
  • Petroleum fuels, other liquid fuels, natural or synthetic fuel, gas, solid carbonaceious fuels, and electricity and natural gas system equipment components.

OREGON.  On March 16, 2020, Oregon suspended the following commercial motor vehicle requirements for operators of commercial vehicles to travel in and through Oregon to provide disaster relief assistance in Oregon:

  • ORS 818.400 (Enforcement of size and weight permits)
  • ORS 825.100 (Requirements for certificate or permit authority for commercial transportation of persons or property)
  • ORS 825.104 (Registration for-hire or private carrier engaged in interstate operations)
  • ORS 825.160 (Enfocement of the requirement for person operating as motor carrier to have policy of public liability and property damage insurance)
  • ORS 825.450 (Tax Enrollment with the DOT)
  • ORS 825.470 (Temporary Pass for single tirp or short time operation of vehicle)
  • ORS 826.031 (Registration of certain vehicles not already registered with the state)
  • ORS 825.252 (Hours of Service as stipulated in the FMCSA March 13 declaration of emergency)

 

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