FMCSA Extends Emergency Hours-of-Service Waiver For Feed, Adds Ethanol, Other Fuels

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently extended, through Nov.. 30, 2021, its waiver on hours-of-service (HOS) requirements for trucks transporting feed and ethanol.

Coverage of fuel, including ethanol, is a new addition to the waiver.

FMCSA cautions that the deadline may be modified.

The original waiver was placed in effect to help meet the challenges of the national emergency declared for COVID-19.

The current waiver still provides an exemption from FMCSA-mandated maximum driving times for property-carrying vehicles.

Like previous iterations, the waiver forbids motor carriers from asking truckers to haul loads when they say they are tired.

The waiver does not cover routine commercial deliveries — including mixed loads — with nominal amounts of waiver-qualifying materials.

Unlike previous iterations, the new waiver does not apply to requirements for drivers’ HOS documentation.

All standard FMCSA requirements for paper and electronic-logging-device documentation now apply — no exceptions.

This article comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Sept. 9, 2021, Grain Transportation Report.

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