The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a regional emergency declaration for eight states.
The reason was the shutdown of the Suncor refinery in Colorado and a severe winter storm that made it difficult to obtain gasoline, diesel and jet fuel in several states.
States affected are Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah.
“By execution of this Emergency Declaration, motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts transporting gasoline, diesel, or jet fuel into the Affected States are granted emergency relief from 49 CFR § 395.3, maximum driving time for property-carrying vehicles, subject to the restrictions and conditions set forth herein,” stated in the declaration.
“Direct assistance means transportation and other relief services provided by a motor carrier or its driver(s) incident to the immediate restoration of essential supplies or essential services. Direct assistance does not include transportation related to long-term rehabilitation of damaged physical infrastructure or routine commercial deliveries, including mixed loads with a nominal quantity of qualifying emergency relief added to obtain the benefits of this emergency declaration, after the initial threat to life and property has passed.”
The Regional Emergency Declaration will remain in effect until the end of the emergency or 11:59 pm February 15, 2023.
You can read the entire Regional Emergency Declaration here.