Trucking Emergency Declaration

Regulatory relief for commercial drivers providing coronavirus assistance

(updated 3/19/20)

Presidential Emergency Declaration 

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Emergency Declaration—Presidential Emergency Declaration 2020-02 

This Declaration, part of President Trump’s national emergency declaration on March 13th, suspends hours of service regulations nationwide for drivers hauling:

  • Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis, and treatment of COVID-19.
  • Supplies related to preventing the spread of coronavirus, like masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap, and disinfectants.
  • Food for emergency restocking of stores (priority is restocking "grocery store shelves"; does not include pet foods).
  • Equipment, supplies, and persons meant to provide temporary housing and quarantine facilities.
  • Personnel to provide medical or other emergency services.

State Executive Order 

South Carolina Executive Order: SC Emergency Declaration 2020-08

  • This order allows all loads acting in emergency relief a gross weight of ninety thousand pounds and a width of twelve feet on ALL secondary roads and interstates, subject to bridge postings and other limitations.
  • It was effective as of March 13th and shall remain in effect until March 28, 2020 unless otherwise modified, amended, or rescinded by subsequent Order. It is more liberal in terms of activities and products than the federal order.

The Federal Declaration is a national blanket. Each state can set its own needs or parameters that may go beyond that of the Federal Declaration.

All drivers are still subject to HazMat regulations, CDL compliance, and Drug & Alcohol testing; those acting in RELIEF EFFORT are not subject to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations unless the state’s waiver says otherwise.

For more information, please contact the South Carolina Trucking Association at either or