12.2.20 FMCSA announced that they have expanded and extended the Emergency Declaration that was set to expire on December 31st
FMCSA announced that they have expanded and extended the Emergency Declaration that was set to expire on December 31st. This extension includes the same regulatory relief for motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance in support of relief efforts related to COVID-19, as included in the September 11th modified and extended declaration. The primary change with this current declaration is the inclusion of vaccine transportation.
The expanded declaration is limited to the transportation of:
- Livestock and livestock feed;
- Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19;
- Vaccines, constituent products, and medical supplies and equipment including ancillary supplies/kits for the administration of vaccines, related to the prevention of COVID-19;
- Supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants, and;
- Food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores.
WHEREAS, COVID-19 is a novel acute respiratory illness that is spread through close contact between persons and respiratory transmissions and is highly contagious; and
WHEREAS, I have been advised by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the State Emergency Management Agency that COVID-19 continues to pose a serious health risk for the citizens of the State of Missouri. The spread of COVID-19 and the identification of additional cases in Missouri continues, and steps are being taken to prevent a substantial risk to public health and safety; and
WHEREAS, Executive Order 20-02 was issued on March 13, 2020; extended on April 24, 2020 until June 15, 2020, through Executive Order 20-09; and extended on June 11, 2020 until December 30, 2020, through Executive Order 20-12 declaring a State of Emergency within the State of Missouri; and
WHEREAS, Executive Order 20-04 was issued on March 19, 2020; extended in its entirety on May 4, 2020 until June 15, 2020 through Executive Order 20-10; and extended in part on June 11, 2020 until December 30, 2020, through Executive Order 20-12 ordering the temporary suspension of certain statutory and regulatory provisions related to telemedicine and motor carriers, and vesting state agencies and executive boards and commissions with authority to waive or suspend statutory or regulatory requirements, subject to approval from the Governor’s Office, where strict compliance would hinder the State’s response to COVID-19, and to ease licensing requirements to eliminate barriers to the provision of health care services and other professions; and
WHEREAS, Executive Order 20-05 was issued on March 23, 2020; extended on May 4, 2020 until June 15, 2020 through Executive Order 20-10; and extended on June 11, 2020 until December 30, 2020, through Executive Order 20-12 ordering the temporary suspension of prohibitions on the sale of unprepared foods by restaurants; and
WHEREAS, Executive Order 20-06 was issued on March 26, 2020; extended on May 4, 2020 until June 15, 2020, through Executive Order 20-10; extended on June 11, 2020 until September 15, 2020, through Executive Order 20-12, and extended on September 15, 2020 until December 30, 2020, through Executive Order 20-16 ordering and directing the Adjutant General of the State of Missouri, or his designee, to forthwith call and order into active service such portions of the organized militia as he deems necessary to aid the executive officials of Missouri, to protect life and property, and further ordered and directing that the Adjutant General or his designee, and through him, the commanding officer of any unit or other organization of such organized militia so called into active service take such action and employ such equipment may be necessary in support of civilian authorities, and provide such assistance as may be authorized and directed by the Governor; and
WHEREAS, Executive Order 20-14 was issued on September 3, 2020, ordering the temporary suspension of any physical appearance requirements as stated in Chapter 474 and authorizing the use of audio-visual technology with criteria established in the Order until December 30, 2020; and
WHEREAS, the state of emergency, and Executive Orders 20-02, 20-04, 20-05, and 20-06, as extended through other Executive Orders listed above, and Executive Order 20-14, will expire on December 30, 2020, unless extended in whole or in part; and
WHEREAS, an invocation of chapter 44, RSMo, is still required to ensure the protection, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Missouri; and
WHEREAS, resources of the State of Missouri continue to be needed to combat the public health threat caused by COVID-19 and to aid in Missouri’s recovery to this emergency; and
WHEREAS, I find it necessary to extend the state of emergency and extend Executive Order 20-04, in part, and Executive Orders 20-02, 20-05, 20-06, and 20-14 in whole.…
October 16 Is Buckle Up Phone Down Day in Missouri
Public Invited to Attend Virtual Event, Encouraged to Take BUPD Pledge
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Mike Parson has proclaimed Oct. 16 as Buckle Up Phone Down Day in Missouri and fellow Missourian and former race car driver Carl Edwards is lending his famous name to the cause, all in an effort to encourage Missourians to take two simple actions to save lives on the state’s highways – fasten their seatbelts and put their phones down while driving.
As part of the promotion, Missourians are invited to join in a virtual BUPD Day kickoff event that will launch at 9 a.m. on Oct. 16 on MoDOT’s Facebook page – www.facebook.com/MoDOTStatewide. In addition to Parson and Edwards, participants include Missouri Department of Transportation Director Patrick McKenna, Missouri State Highway Patrol Col. Eric Olson and AAA Public Affairs Specialist Nick Chabarria.
They will be joined by two crash survivors from ThinkFirst Missouri – Chad Kitzman and Chad Burton – who will provide their personal perspective on the perils of texting while driving and riding in a vehicle without a seatbelt.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Southern Service Center
1800 Century Blvd., Suite 1700
Atlanta, GA 20245
September 15, 2020
AMENDED REGIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARATION
UNDER 49 CFR § 390.23
ALABAMA, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, LOUISIANA AND MISSISSIPPI
In accordance with 49 CFR § 390.23, the Regional Field Administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Southern Service Center hereby declares that an emergency exists that warrants issuance of a Regional Emergency Declaration and an exemption from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), except as otherwise restricted in this Emergency Declaration. Such emergency is in response to Tropical Storm/Hurricane Sally, and the current and anticipated effects on people and property, including immediate threat to human life or public welfare from heavy rains, high surf, flooding and high winds. This Declaration addresses the emergency conditions creating a need for immediate transportation of supplies, goods, equipment, fuel and persons and provides necessary relief.
CCD Wildfire Service Update (Correction)
This email has been updated with additional links in the Over-Dimension Permits information section.
As Oregon continues to deal with wildfires, Commerce and Compliance Division (CCD) would like to remind motor carriers of the best ways to utilize CCD services and find updated information on the ongoing situation. CCD is here to serve throughout the emergency.
Please note, due to the ongoing situation, we are currently operating with reduced staff resulting in longer wait times on the phone. We apologize for any delays in service that may occur. Here are other ways to get service without waiting on the phone:
Oregon Trucking Online: We encourage carriers to utilize Oregon Trucking Online to conduct business. If you have questions or need further assistance, please use the “Contact Us” link on our website to send an email.
Over-dimension Permits: We have been and will continue to issue permits.…
Extension of the Modified Expanded Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 Under 49 CFR § 390.25
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
September 11, 2020
EXTENSION OF THE MODIFIED EXPANDED
EMERGENCY DECLARATION No. 2020-002
UNDER 49 CFR § 390.25
THE FIFTY UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) hereby declares that the continuing national emergency warrants the extension of Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002. This extension continues the exemption granted from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) for the fifty States and the District of Columbia as set forth below. This notice extends the exemption through December 31, 2020, subject to the restrictions and limitations set forth in this Extension.
Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 was issued following the declaration of a national emergency by the President pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 5191(b) in response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the public health emergency declared by the Health and Human Services Secretary, and the immediate risk COVID-19 presents to public health and welfare.
Pilot Company thanks all professional drivers for their tireless work to supply goods across North America. To show appreciation, Pilot is turning National Driver Appreciation Week, Sept. 13 – 19, into a month-long celebration with free drinks and deals exclusively for professional drivers all September.
From Sept. 1 – 30, professional drivers will find exclusive offers in the Pilot Flying J app, including:
- Free drinks every day
- Free showers all month with September Shower Power after one 75+ gallon fill
- Earn up to four points per gallon when activating Push4Points
- Free JPRO diagnostics test at Pilot Flying J Truck Care service centers
To redeem the promotions, professional drivers simply save the offers in the Pilot Flying J app* and visit any of the 750 company-operated stores in the U.S., including Pilot and Flying J Travel Centers, Pilot Flying J Truck Care locations and participating One9 Fuel Network locations**.…
September 04, 2020
TRAFFIC ALERT: Route 51/Chester bridge weight limit reduced to 25 tons due to deterioration
SIKESTON – Recent bridge inspections have revealed deterioration, requiring MoDOT to restrict heavy loads on the Route 51/Chester Bridge over the Mississippi River in Perry County to 25 tons. New weight-limit signs will be installed on Tuesday, Sept. 8.
- Weight limits on the bridge will be reduced to 25 tons, including loads of grain/grain co-products.
- A regular semi-truck weighs 40 tons.
- Bridge will remain open to traffic.
- Bridge is safe for travel.
- Plans for bridge repairs are underway.
- Prior to repairs, additional information regarding timelines will be released.
Once completed, the load posting will be increased to 40 tons.…
FMCSA Proposes New Under-21 Commercial Driver Pilot Program
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that it is proposing and seeking public comments on a new pilot program to allow drivers aged 18, 19, and 20 to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce.
“This action will allow the Agency to carefully examine the safety, feasibility, and possible economic benefits of allowing 18 to 20-year-old drivers to operate in interstate commerce. Safety is always FMCSA’s top priority, so we encourage drivers, motor carriers, and interested citizens to review this proposed new pilot program and share their thoughts and opinions,” said FMCSA Deputy Administrator Wiley Deck.
FMCSA’s Federal Register notice requests comments on a new pilot program that would allow younger drivers to operate in interstate commerce. The Agency proposes a pilot program to allow drivers to participate if they fall within two categories: 1) 18 to 20-year-old commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders who operate CMVs in interstate commerce while taking part in a 120-hour probationary period and a subsequent 280-hour probationary period under an apprenticeship program established by an employer, or 2) 19 and 20-year-old commercial drivers who have operated CMVs in intrastate commerce for a minimum of one year and 25,000 miles.
Message from ATA:
- We’ll have some t-shirts and challenge coins to share with you to hand out to some of your drivers – please let me know if you are interested and we will send them your way.
- We have the NTDAW tool kit up on our site – with two draft op-eds; two draft press releases, a proclamation. Scroll to bottom for tool kit. https://www.trucking.org/national-truck-driver-appreciation-week
- Attached are radio ads that TMAF produced – you can add your name to them as well – use as on hold messages, etc. – or ask your local media to run.
- Follow us on social media – both ATA and TMAF. Share as much as you can and as often as well.
- We will release a program with Peterson Mfg. tomorrow where we will honor 10 drivers with $1,000 each – for those who suffered during COVID – examples family member lost job; contracted the virus; etc.