FMCSA relaxes rules for relief haulers to Oklahoma

| May 21, 2013

Darrell L. Ruban, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Field Administrator, declared a regional emergency as of 10 a.m. EDT, May 21, 2013, for the state of Oklahoma following the May 20 tornado that cut a wide swath of destruction through the town of Moore and surrounding areas.

The declaration provides broad regulatory exemptions to CFR Parts 390-399 for truck carriers and operators providing emergency relief materials and services to Oklahoma customers. Drivers for motor carriers operating under the declaration must obtain and keep a copy of the declaration in their possession. Carriers, drivers and vehicles currently under an out-of-service order are not eligible for the exemption.

Download a copy of the declaration here.

The declaration will be in effect “for the duration of the emergency or 15 days (June 5, 2013), whichever is less.”


Overdrive editors have pinned a post to the top of the Facebook page readers can feel free to utilize as a place to share availability for relief efforts to Moore as the week goes by. Consider it an initial-response sort of sounding board to communicate to and about organizations that expect needing haulers in the coming weeks. 

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  • Jody Blaine Boldt

    Why is it when the country needs us for emergency services all HOS and weight regulations are cast aside. The rest of the time we are unsafe, overloaded, dopers. Either we are or we aren’t, can’t have it both ways…

  • Mike Smith

    You said it alright. I believe the people in power are merely justifying their positions & pay. They are government pyramid builders. What they are doing, in so many cases, is creating new worthless, tax collector type jobs, attacking the working class on one hand, and enriching the slobs that get the jobs enforcing their laws, IE. TSA.

  • david

    Who is at fault if one of these drivers or carriers are involved in a major accident that take the lives of the general public? This is the same agency who would bust a driver for stretching his hours to get home. Screw the FMCSA and all their bullshit rules. Ask the FMCSA if they turned a blind eye to the mexican carriers operating here so they can recieve a better score and pass their pilot program.

  • martymarsh

    My fellow truckers, you need to do what you always do, they disregard the laws when they need us and then hammer us if we get caught doing the same exact thing they wanted us to do. In the long run the little extra you make going along with these clowns will probably be our down fall. Is it really worth it? strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.