U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao has directed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to issue a Regional Emergency Declaration in advance of Hurricane Irma for the States of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
As with Hurricane Harvey, this regional declaration will temporarily lift some regulations for motor carriers and drivers engaged in specific aspects of the emergency relief, including direct assistance for the immediate restoration of essential services (such as electrical, sewer, water, and telecommunications) or essential supplies (such as food, water, medical supplies, and fuel).
Carriers and drivers must adhere to these requirements even during relief from FMCSA regulations:
In addition to this declaration, the temporary suspension of regulations to those truckers providing relief to areas of Texas and Louisiana recovering from Hurricane Harvey is also still in effect. The FMCSA’s temporary lift helps to get more emergency supplies and workers into the affected areas.