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FMCSA Extends Emergency Declaration

January 12, 2021

Last week, FMCSA announced that they have expanded and extended the Emergency Declaration that was set to expire on December 31. The expanded declaration adds the transportation of COVID-19 vaccines and related supplies/kits for the administration of the vaccines to the list of eligible commodities. The declaration is effective now and expires on February 28, 2021 or end of the national emergency, whichever is sooner.


The declaration now applies to the transportation of following commodities hauled as part of direct assistance in support of emergency relief efforts related to the pandemic.  


  • 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.

Emergency relief is provided from Parts 390 through 399 of the FMCSRs, including the hours-of-service regulations.  The declaration does not apply to the controlled substance and alcohol uses and testing requirements, the commercial driver’s license requirements, the financial responsibility (insurance) requirements, the hazardous material regulations, size and weight requirements, or any other portion of the regs not specifically exempted.

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