FMCSA Extends Hours of Service Exemption to July 14

This article is taken from USDA’s June 18, 2020 Grain Transportation Report:

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended its national emergency exemption for hours of service (HOS) to July 14.

(For coverage of the initial exemption and its terms, see May 21 Grain Transportation Report Highlight “FMCSA Issues Final Rule on Changes to HOS Regulations.”)

Effective June 15, the extension is limited to three categories of freight to support emergency response related to Covid-19:

(1) Livestock and livestock feed;

(2) Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19;

(3) 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.

The extension excludes grocery restocking, fuel and precursor raw materials, and other categories FMCSA deems non-emergency.

The exemption does not apply to routine commercial deliveries, “including mixed loads with a nominal quantity of qualifying emergency relief” that have been added solely to get the benefits of the exemption