Colonial Pipeline Emergency Leads to Safety Regulation Exemptions
The Colonial Pipeline shutdown occurring last Friday resulted in federal regulators issuing an exemption from Parts 390 through 399 of federal motor carrier safety regulations — specifically those that affect hours-of-service rules. The effect will remain until June 8th, or until the emergency is declared over.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released a statement saying “USDOT’s top priority is safety, and while current circumstances dictate providing industry flexibility, FMCSA will work closely with its state and industry partners to monitor driver work hours and conditions for the duration of the exemption.”
The waiver applies to Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.