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FMCSA adds three products to its waiver of the pandemic, which expires in a few weeks


A relatively small addition to the ban on pandemic-related work was added by the Federal Road Safety Administration 8 days before the exclusion expired.

The the change was announced on Friday The FMCSA adds the transportation of propane, natural gas and fuel oil to the list of goods that can be transported without worrying about the mode of operation. This general exemption from VOC ordinance which is in section 49 of CFR § 395.3 of the Federal Code of Regulations announced March 13, 2020. It has expanded many times.

By the end of the month, the federal release will have to be extended again, otherwise the 2-year waiver of VOC rules will disappear. While there is no indication that the general exemption will be extended from 2020, the addition of the three types of products whose transport now receives an exemption seems to signal that this exemption is expected.

The American Trucking Association has published a list of goods exempted from the easing caused by the pandemic. The three energy products, which, ironically, were added just as the peak of their winter season ends, were listed along with gasoline, diesel, aviation fuel and ethyl alcohol that had already been released.

Other areas covered by the exception:

– Livestock and animal feed

– Medical materials related to COVID-19 testing and treatment procedures

–Vaccines and materials related to vaccination against COVID-19

–Products related to public safety and sanitation against COVID-19, such as masks or gloves

– Food and paper products to replenish stocks in distribution centers or stores

– An exception for the broad category that the ATA describes as “supplies to help those affected by the COVID-10 pandemic”. An example is building materials for people who have been displaced as a result of COVID-19.

The ATA noted that the exemption would run until May 31, “unless the FMCSA is extended.”

Companies that exceed the VOC regulations are under the protection of denial have been needed since last Augustto report monthly if they worked under exception.

One can be warned about whether the release from VOC has affected. As can be seen from a series of HOS1.USA data in SONAR, some of the peaks in the number of hours worked per driver have been higher than the last two years.

Peaks to the rules in a number of data typically peaked at 6.3 to 6.4 hours on the road with a maximum of 11.

Since then, there have been jumps that have taken VOCs above 6.4 and up to 6.6. But other factors may play a role, such as higher tariffs, which encourage drivers to gain more hours and make more money.

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