August 11 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) extended the modified emergency declaration for motor carriers that are providing direct assistance in support of coronavirus-related relief efforts. The revised declaration is now in effect through September 14. The FMCSA has maintained and expanded the scope of operations the regulatory relief applies to, with those being CMV operations providing direct assistance in support of emergency relief efforts related to COVID-19 and is limited to transportation of:
- Livestock and livestock feed;
- Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis, and treatment of COVID-19;
- Supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19, such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap, and disinfectants; and
- Food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores.
Direct assistance does not include routine commercial deliveries, including mixed loads with a nominal quantity of qualifying emergency relief added to obtain the benefits of this emergency declaration.