FMCSA extends hours of service waiver for Kentucky flood relief

Tractor-trailer on highway in rain

As a result of ongoing emergency conditions in Kentucky due to torrential rain that caused severe flooding late last month, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended an emergency declaration suspending certain hours of service regulations for relief haulers through the end of September.

Motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance to the severe weather and flooding emergency in Kentucky are exempt from 49 Code of Federal Regulations 395.3, or maximum driving time limits.

Direct assistance does not include routine commercial deliveries, including mixed loads with a nominal quantity of qualifying emergency relief added to obtain the benefits of the emergency declaration, FMCSA noted.

The declaration is effective through Sept. 30, or until the emergency ends, whichever is sooner.