In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the Federal Government and the State of Georgia waived certain motor carrier regulations to facilitate essential goods, services and relief into and from the disaster areas within Texas and Louisiana.
However this afternoon in preparation for Hurricane Irma's potential impact on the coastal and southern Georgia, Governor Deal has issued an updated executive order and declared a state of emergency in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty, and McIntosh Counties. Georgia Executive Order
In an effort to avoid fuel shortages as a result of pipeline disruptions, as well as to avoid shortages in emergency or disaster related materials, supplies, goods and services (to include agricultural and food products) due to Hurricane Irma, Governor Deal suspended the federal rules and regulations limiting hours operators of commercial fuel vehicles may drive within Georgia. This waiver also expires on September 20, 2017.
Please note that no fuel carrier operating under the terms of Georgia's executive order suspending hourly limits will require or allow an ill or fatigued driver to operate a motor vehicle. A driver who notifies a motor vehicle carrier that he or she needs immediate rest will be given at least ten (10) consecutive hours off-duty before being required to return to service.
Further, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration declared a regional emergency related to fuel transportation for Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia, which suspends regulations found within Parts 390 through 399 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Limitations of hours operators of commercial fuel vehicles may drive within the above mentioned states are among the regulations suspended. This federal declaration expires on September 30, 2017.
We encourage our members to apply for re-entry permits through their local emergency management agency. This should be done prior to any potential impacts to Georgia. Those contacts can be found at the bottom of Georgia Emergency Management home page - www.gema.ga.gov.