FMCSA Waives HOS For Trucks Delivering OKC Relief
In the wake of the tornado devastation that took place in Moore, Oklahoma this week, the FMCSA was quick to declare an HOS waiver for trucks delivering relief materials to the area. The temporary waiver only applies to freight and supplies inbound to the disaster area, and drivers must have a copy of the declaration in their possession to qualify for the waiver.
Although credit is due to the FMCSA for expediting aid to the relief effort, the waiver once again calls into question the zero-tolerance enforcement of HOS during non-disaster conditions. If ever there was a situation in which drivers should be their most alert and well rested, it’s when they’re traveling into an area with downed powerlines, compromised infrastructure, and a first-responder network operating at its most extreme limits.
I’ve offered more detail in coverage of previous waivers, stating, “For the most part, professional drivers will not push themselves past their own physical limitations. This, combined with the often-invoked flexibility of convenience in HOS rules, makes a pretty strong case for building a fair degree of driver autonomy into the rules, without reducing safety, whether responding to a disaster or just completing a normal day’s work.”
Tags: Disaster Relief