Commercial carriers delivering essential supplies receive exemption renewal
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted an extension to Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002, providing regulatory relief to commercial motor vehicle operations directly supporting COVID-19 emergency relief efforts.
The declaration grants exemptions to parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to allow the immediate transportation of essential supplies, equipment and personnel. For the first time since the initial declaration was made March 13, the transportation of livestock and livestock feed has been exempted.
“We appreciate the FMCSA extending this waiver and recognizing that livestock and feed are essential to the economy,” said Andrew Smith, associate director of governmental relations at Virginia Farm Bureau Federation. “Hauling live animals is very different than transporting a manufactured product. Whenever transporting an animal, you need to consider how you can make sure you deliver the animal safely and unharmed.”
Other exemptions are limited to the transportation of medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19; and supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation and prevention of virus transmission. Those items include masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants.
Exemptions do not apply to routine commercial deliveries or mixed loads containing essential supplies, equipment and personnel not being transported in direct assistance of COVID-19 relief efforts. Additionally, exemptions no longer apply to other categories of supplies, equipment and personnel covered by the May 13 extension to Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002.
To find more information on FMCSR exemptions and other important updates, visit Virginia Farm Bureau’s Farmer Resources webpage.