FMCSA relaxes rules for relief haulers to Oklahoma
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.
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.