Hurricane Irma, already one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever develop in the Atlantic, is making landfall and state and federal agencies are gearing up.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has temporarily suspended several trucking regulations in the states in and around the expected path of Irma. However, carriers and drivers including oversize loads, in direct support of relief efforts related to Hurricane Irma are granted emergency relief. An Emergency Road Use Permit Letter was issued by the Florida Department of Transportation. By lifting regulations, FMCSA aims to ease the flow of emergency goods, fuel, and aid to and from the region.
The suspended regulations include those concerned with hours of service, inspection, repair, and maintenance, hazardous materials transportation, driving, parking, and other health and safety standards.
States covered by Irma’s temporary suspension currently include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. FMCSA has also set up a webpage with all the latest transportation updates related to Irma.
The same suspension was declared for Hurricane Harvey.
On Sept. 5, President Trump declared an emergency in the state of Florida, Puerto Rico and in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Florida Governor Rick Scott also declared an emergency in the state and ordered the Florida National Guard to report for duty.The governor also issued an executive order number 17-235.