The FMCSA Extends the Modified Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002


This declaration affects motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance in support of relief efforts related to the COVID-19 public health emergency. They are granted emergency relief from 49 CFR § 395.3, which is the maximum driving time for property-carrying vehicles.

The Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 provides regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance in support of emergency relief efforts related to COVID-19 and is limited to transportation of

  • livestock and feed
  • COVID-related medical supplies and equipment
  • vaccines and medical supplies
  • supplies such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap, and disinfectants
  • food, paper products, and other groceries for emergency restock
  • gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, heating fuel, etc
  • including propane, natural gas, and heating oil.

To be eligible for the exemption, the transportation must consist of qualifying commodities and necessary to the immediate restoration of those essential supplies.

North American Transportation Services Association (NATSA)