SPECIAL ALERT: Feds relax trucking regulations for relief efforts related to Hurricane Harvey
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a Regional Emergency Declaration for Hurricane Harvey. The declaration is posted at www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency.
“In response to the record flooding in the region, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Field Administrator for the Western Service Center and Southern Service Center declared states of emergencies for Texas and Louisiana, exempting truck drivers responding to the storm from hours-of-service and other regulations,” the declaration states.
Drivers covered under the declaration include those transporting supplies, equipment and people into or out of the states, or providing other emergency assistance resulting from Harvey.
For motor carriers with questions on hours of service (HOS) and transporting of overweight equipment to the hurricane disaster areas, call toll-free 1-877-831-2250.
Meanwhile, for up-to-date information on conditions and travel advisories in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey, follow the TxDOT Ferry Twitter feeds, @GalvestonFerry and @PortA_Ferry, as well as @TxDOT_CRP.
Additional updates can be found on DriveTexas.org and on Facebook, www.facebook.com/txdot and Twitter, www.twitter.com/txdot.