FMCSA stopped work of Pennsylvania truckers due to difficult traffic conditions
The FMCSA issued a regional emergency declaration exempting certain hours of work due to a winter storm hitting the USA.
According to the FMCSA, the emergency was caused by inclement weather and high demand for cargo transportation. This resulted in reduced availability of fuels, including propane and natural gas.
In accordance with the terms of the declaration, industry employees, primarily truck drivers who provide direct assistance in support of emergency services and carry fuel, are temporarily exempt from 49 CFR Part 395.3, that states the maximum driving time in the Federal Road Carrier Safety Regulations.
The declaration covered 41 states, including Pennsylvania and Washington, DC.
The declaration has already entered into force and will remain in effect until the end of the emergency. According to some reports, the declaration may be extended until March 8.