Transportation and Supply Chain

 

DOT Finalizes Hours of Service Rule Update

Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a final rule updating the Hours of Service (HoS) rules to provide greater flexibility and “alleviate unnecessary burdens placed on [commercial] drivers.” The proposed rule was made public in August 2019 and received 2,800 public comments. The four main revisions of the existing HoS rules: 

  • 30-minute break rule after 8 hours of consecutive driving will be flexible to allow drivers to use on-duty, not driving status – rather than only off-duty status. 
  • Sleeper-berth exception modified to allow drivers to split their required 10 hours off duty into two periods: an 8/2 split, or a 7/3 split—with neither period counting against the driver’s 14‑hour driving window. 
  • Adverse driving conditions exception modified by extending by two hours the maximum window during which driving is permitted. 
  • Short-haul exception modified by lengthening the drivers’ maximum on‑duty period from 12 to 14 hours and extending the distance limit within which the driver may operate from 100 air miles to 150 air miles.

The implementation date of the new HoS rule is 120 days after publication in the Federal Register. To view the text of the final rule, please click here.

Hours of Service Relief for Commercial Vehicle Drivers: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Emergency Declaration (FMCSA)

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a national emergency declaration to provide hours-of-service regulatory relief to commercial vehicle drivers transporting emergency relief in response to the nationwide Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Trucking: Sample Critical Infrastructure Certification

If your wholesaler or supplier needs access for deliveries, please have them print and sign this certification. Intended to be used in trucks and other delivery vehicles if needed in areas where access is restricted. This document certifies that this vehicle is transporting a shipment of food and agricultural products within a sector that has been designated as critical infrastructure, the continued operation of which is vital for security, national economic security, national public health, and safety.

American Trucking Associations: State by State Declarations and Waivers

The ATA has provided a repository for both federal and state declarations and waivers relating to supply chain and transportation. Their COVID-19 Update Hub will provide industry stakeholders with timely, fact-based information to answer frequently asked questions and address common transportation challenges that arise from the pandemic and national response.

Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce (CISA)

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) executes the Secretary of Homeland Security’s authorities to secure critical infrastructure. Consistent with these authorities, CISA has developed, in collaboration with other federal agencies, State and local governments, and the private sector, an “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce” advisory list. This list is intended to help State, local, tribal and territorial officials as they work to protect their communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security.

FMCSA Grants Waiver for CDL Renewals Until June 30

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is exercising enforcement discretion for a temporary period to provide labeling flexibilities for products intended for food service going to retail. Please find certain situations describing how product can move to retail with certain labeling deviations. Please note, these situations apply to product that has already been produced. Product currently being produced is expected to meet all requirements. FSIS will provide additional information on labeling issues in the future if necessary.