USDA Grain Transportation Report 3 (9/15): FMCSA Extends Emergency HOS Waiver For Feed and Fuel

According to the USDA's Grain Transportation report, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), extended through October 15 its waiver on hours-of-service (HOS) requirements for trucks transporting feed, fuel, propane, and ethanol.

FMCSA cautioned the waiver may end sooner than October 15 if conditions warrant. Originally issued in 2020 to help address the national COVID-19 emergency, the waiver still exempts property- carrying vehicles from FMCSA-mandated maximum driving times.

Like previous iterations, the current 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.

Carriers and drivers operating under the waiver’s terms must report their reliance on the waiver within 5 days of the end of each month through an FMCSA electronic portal.