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


North American Transportation Services Association (NATSA)

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.