The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on May 9 issued a regional emergency declaration to waive the hours-of-service (HOS) requirements for drivers hauling fuel. The waiver, effective until June 8, was issued in response to the cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline, which has disrupted the fuel supply on the East Coast. The waiver applies to Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
NATSO had previously urged FMCSA to expand the HOS waiver in place due to COVID-19 to include the transportation of fuel because of concerns about the truck driver shortage. NATSO recently met with the agency to discuss those concerns.
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