To begin with, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration wants to extend the COVID-19 emergency declaration for all truckers and carriers to respect. The FMCSA has safety regulations that provide emergency relief, related to the pandemic. In which case, the declaration was looking to expire just yesterday.
Now, it’s set to be effective until November 30th. For this extension, there comes a requirement for carriers. They’re on requirement to report exemption about five days after every month’s end. The reporting has to fall upon the “reliance on the Declaration,” according to the FMCSA. In which case, the agency is looking to study the extent of the exemption on trucking.
Currently, there is a link. This is in which carriers may be able to report “Emergency Declaration Reporting” underneath “Available FMCSA Systems” in certain sections of the page. Furthermore, the agency has been deciding on extending the declaration simply sense.
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The agency is allowed to extend the declaration. Due to the fact that “the presidentially declared emergency remains in place and because, although the number of COVID-19 cases began to decline in the U.S.”
A waiver for the workable hours are applicable to drivers and carriers. However, these being those who look to provide assistance against the threats and collateral damage of COVID-19.
Furthermore, the waiver is limiting it’s use to transporting certain goods.:
- Livestock and their meals.
- Medical equipment that would show the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19.
- Vaccines, medical supplies and ancillary supplies/kits for the administration of vaccines, for COVID-19.
- Supplies and equipment necessary for sanitation, and prevention of community transmission.
- Groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores
Granted, it’s not including non-emergency transport of commodities or commercial deliveries. Finally, there are also random loads with a nominal quantity of emergency relief.