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FMCSA Suspends HOS Regulations for Hurricane Harvey Relief

People walk down a flooded street as they evacuate their homes in Houston on August 28th. Joe Raedle/Getty Images via cnn.com

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has suspended hours of service regulations in Texas and Louisiana for drivers providing “direct assistance” for hurricane relief under regulation 49 CFR 390.5.

The exemption is for Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), except as otherwise restricted by the Emergency Declaration, and applies to all states that drivers are traveling through “on their route to the emergency, even though those states may not be involved in the emergency or stated in the declaration of emergency.” According to the FMCSA, “this Emergency Declaration addresses possible emergency conditions creating a need for immediate transportation of supplies, equipment and persons into and from those States and provides necessary relief.”

According to Ryan Maue of WeatherBell, Hurricane Harvey has already dumped 11 trillion gallons of rain on Texas, with an estimated 14 trillion gallons still coming. 13 million people are still under flood warnings or watches, and an estimated 30,000 are in need of temporary shelter (cnn.com). The FMCSA’s temporary lift helps to get more emergency supplies and workers into the affected areas.

Donations to the Salvation Army to support the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts can be made:

Donations to the Red Cross to support the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts can be made:

  • Online at redcross.org.
  • By calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.
  • By texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

For more information on the FMCSA declaration, click here.