The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has once again extended its HOS emergency exemptions for COVID-19.
The agency said Wednesday in a notice that it will extend the provisions, which give some relief to hours of service requirements, through Oct. 15.
The 45-day extension is shorter than the three-month ones the FMCSA issued throughout 2022.
The regulatory relief applies to all 50 states and Washington, D.C. It was first announced in March 2020, when the pandemic began threatening supply chains of critical goods.
The measure gives emergency relief to maximum driving time for those involved in delivering certain critical freight, such as gasoline, food for emergency restocking and medical supplies.
Once again, the FMCSA also noted that it is continuing to monitor issues and could change restrictions or end the temporary measure sooner if conditions warrant.