FMCSA issues emergency declaration for Hurricane Delta relief

The FMCSA issued an emergency declaration on October 7 to deal with the effects of Hurricane Delta.

As per usual, any changes to hours of service or other regulations only apply to those providing direct assistance to relief efforts. 

Drivers considered to be assisting in the emergency should be performing one or all of the following: transporting supplies, goods, equipment, fuel, and/or people.

The FMCSA has stressed that the exemptions do not exempt drivers/carriers from requirements relating to CDL, drug/alcohol, hazardous materials, size/weight, or state/federal registration and tax requirements. 

Additionally, the FMCSA noted that motor carriers or drivers who are currently out-of-service are not eligible to help with the relief effort. 

Hurricane Delta made landfall on Oct. 9 near Creole, Louisiana, according to Accuweather.

As of Tuesday, there have reportedly been several deaths, and more than 110,000 people left without power, mostly in Louisiana. 

For further details on the FMCSA/s decision to issue an emergency declaration, you can read their statement here.