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FMCSA Grants MMTA Waiver Requests for Hours of Service and Electronic Logging Devices in Response to Key Bridge Collapse!

April 5, 2024

On April 4 FMCSA announced it was granting a number of waivers that MMTA requested for motor carriers hauling intermodal freight and those transporting fuel. Specifically FMCSA has:

  1. Given an additional 2 hours of drive time for deliveries of these commodities.  Note: drivers are still subject to the maximum allowed on-duty time.  For example, the exemption allows 13 hours of driving in a 14 hour on-duty window.
  2. Granted an exception for drivers who do not have an electronic logging device to acquire an ELD. Drivers using this exception will need to keep a paper log while operating under the waiver.

The waivers apply to:

  • Transportation related to the immediate restoration of essential services at the Port of Baltimore.
  • Transportation of commodities re-routed due to the disruptions to vessel traffic into the Port.
  • Transportation of fuel (gasoline, ethanol, propane, natural gas, and heating oil) from Maryland’s Curtis Bay terminal (within the Baltimore Marine Terminal area) for delivery to the following locations within Maryland: Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Cecil County, Frederick County, Harford County, Howard County, Queen Anne’s County, and Washington County.

The waivers will expire on May 8, unless extended or revoked sooner. 

Please read the waivers in their entirety to make sure you are in compliance!   The link can be found here.

For questions, please contact the MMTA office.

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