California and Oregon State Emergency Declaration Extensions

FMCSA Field Administrator West Service Center has announced an extension of state emergency declarations and exemptions, which has been validated under 49 CFR 390.23 (a) (1) parts 390 to 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations funds (FMCSR). Such measures were taken due to the prolonged state of emergency in the states of California and Oregon.

A statement from two states' governors about an emergency due to large-scale forest fires and prolonged dry winds in the regions appeared on August 18-19. These weather conditions posed a great danger to citizens and their property, so the FMCSA extended the state declarations on September 10, 2020. Since then, the situation has not improved, and the agency is confident that the measures were taken earlier require an extension. It should be said that the FMCSA also extends the accompanying declaration documents regulatory exemptions under 9 CFR 390.25. This document concerns the need for urgent transportation of people, supplies, fuel, equipment, etc. due to the state of emergency. So, following the document's provisions, in the current emergency conditions in the affected states, drivers and road carriers who assist are granted emergency relief, except for the cases specified in the document.

A complete list of restrictions can be found directly on the agency's website. As determined, the documents will expire in the case mentioned in 49 CFR 390.5 or 11:59 P.M. (ET), November 19, 2020, whichever is sooner.

By Denis Kirston
22 / 10 / 2020
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