FMCSA extends & expands COVID-19 HOS waiver to include more fuel products

Written on: May 18, 2022 by ICM

The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has amended the extension for the Modified Emergency Declaration regarding COVID-19. In a statement from FMCSA Deputy Administrator Robin Hutcheson, dated May 13, 2022, the amendment extension of the modified Emergency Declaration 2020-002 will be further extended through May 31, 2022, waiving hours of service (HOS) for certain supplies, and “is necessary to address particular fuel needs arising out of the ongoing emergency and to broaden the categories of fuel shipments covered,” as well as “is needed to support direct emergency assistance for some supply chains.”

It includes all 50 States and the District of Columbia. The amendment of the extension has been expanded to include the transportation of:

  1. livestock and livestock feed;
  2. medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19;
  3. vaccines, constituent products, and medical supplies and equipment including ancillary supplies/kits for the administration of vaccines, related to the prevention of COVID-19;
  4. 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;
  5. food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores;
  6. gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, ethyl alcohol, and heating fuel including propane, natural gas, and heating oil; and
  7. supplies to assist individuals impacted by the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g., building materials for individuals displaced or otherwise impacted as a result of the emergency).