Hours rule suspended for Sandy relief effort

| October 31, 2012

A FEMA billboard in Richmond, Va.

Trucks carrying emergency-related materials to and in states affected by Hurricane Sandy are exempt from the federal hours of service rules effective Monday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has said in a declaration.

The states included in the exemption are Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, MAssachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.

“This declaration of emergency provides relief for commercial motor vehicles operations while providing these emergency materials and services to customers in the above mentioned states during the emergency. This exemption applies only to those operations providing direct assistance to the emergency relief effort. Direct assistance terminates when a driver or commercial motor vehicle is used in interstate commerce to transport cargo or provide services not destined for the emergency relief effort or when the motor carrier operation dispatches such driver or vehicle to another location to begin operations in furtherance of commerce,” the declaration reads.

The waiver will last until midnight of Nov. 13.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000043584694 John S. Roberts

    Oh yeah right. Now that there is an “EMERGENCY” divers can drive past the service of hours. As usual, our public officals at work. What is the difference being allowed to drive over hours for the relief. I guess safety is not a pirority right at the moment

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  • http://www.facebook.com/donna.emberton Donna Emberton Gibson

    Sad, isn’t it when an emergency affects the powers that be, the rules change.

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  • http://twitter.com/michaelstruckin michael bechara

    there still charging tolls on the maryland an jersey bridges thats sad

  • http://www.facebook.com/edward.owen.520 Edward Owen

    I know there are many traveling long distances to help out, some with utility trucks to restore power and rescue trucks also to help the people. Those driving these vehicles must be tired just getting to where they are needed. I would like to suggest that a system be set up to utilize the many state workers across the country. We could drive these vehicles across our states in a relay fashion so the utility and rescue workers would be fresh when they got to their destination. We could do the same to get them home safely when they are done.
    We can’t all personally help but we could do this to make it easier and safer for others.
    How about any empty trucks headed in the right direction carrying these guys at least part way?

  • http://twitter.com/LoriHanford Lori Hanford

    Great idea, let’s get on this one!

  • http://www.facebook.com/DebraAndKenDavis Debra Jernigan Davis

    I agree i was going to say the same thing. i guess it’s not important to care about the hours and people’s lifes while your going to a disaster that just took peoples lives. Sorry but a life is a life and it shouldn’t matter what type of situation it is. I was a trucker for 18 years and i had to stop in 2005 because of my back and having 4 back surgeries and two neck surgeries. I loves it so much. I just don’t understand some of the crazy changes that have been made since i stopped driving. I also remember fuel was 2.69 a gallon and i though that was bad. I don’t know how independent(which was i was with two truck)truckers surive. God Bless them.

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