FMCSA Extends COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Until August 31
June 14, 2022
FMCSA’s Emergency Declaration that was set to expire on May 31 has been extended through August 31, 2022.
The declaration was also modified. It currently covers transportation of:
- Livestock and livestock feed;
- Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis, and treatment of COVID-19;
- Vaccines, constituent products, and medical supplies and equipment, including ancillary supplies/kits for the administration of vaccines, related to the prevention of COVID-19;
- 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;
- Food, paper products, and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores;
- Gasoline, diesel, diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), jet fuel, ethyl alcohol; and heating fuel including propane, natural gas, and heating oil.
As with the previous extension, this declaration applies only to 395.3 “Maximum Driving Time for Property-Carrying Vehicles” for vehicles providing direct assistance in support of emergency relief efforts related to COVID-19. Direct assistance does not include non-emergency transportation of qualifying commodities or routine commercial deliveries. To be eligible for the exemption, the transportation must be both (1) of qualifying commodities and (2) incident to the immediate restoration of those essential supplies. This modified declaration will remain in effect until August 31, 2022, unless terminated sooner by FMCSA. Carriers and drivers should review the details to ensure applicability and compliance.