The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Wednesday, April 8 extended its national emergency declaration to May 15.
Originally enacted March 13, the declaration provides relief from hours of service regulations for drivers responding to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. The original declaration was to expire Sunday, April 12.
The agency said the extension also covers liquefied gases to be used in refrigeration or cooling systems.
The declaration applies to drivers delivering:
- Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of the COVID-19 coronavirus
- Equipment, supplies and persons necessary to establish and manage temporary housing, quarantine
- Food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores
- Supplies and equipment — e.g. masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants — necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19
- Raw materials, such as paper, plastic or alcohol, required for the manufacture of essential items