Alabama floods prompt hours change for some


Due to flooding from excess rains across Alabama this month, Gov. Kay Ivey issued an emergency declaration, which automatically triggers a suspension of hours of service regulations for truckers providing emergency relief to flooded areas in the state.

Ivey’s declaration says flooding has caused “significant damage to public and private property and may seriously disrupt essential utility services and systems.”

Drivers hauling emergency- or disaster-related materials, supplies, goods and services for affected areas are exempt from HOS regulations. The waiver ends when drivers stop their direct assistance or when the declaration ends. The emergency declaration does not have an expiration date and says it will “remain in full force and effect for the duration of this state of emergency.”