The state of Kentucky has issued an Emergency Order regarding suspension of registration requirements, and exemption of hours of service and stoppage at weigh stations.
The Declaration of Emergency was issued by Transportation Cabinet Secretary Jim Gray. A state of emergency exists in Western Kentucky due to recent tornadoes, requiring relief from the hours of service imposed on commercial vehicles providing power restoration and other aid within the affected areas. The following were included in the declaration:
- That a state of emergency exists requiring relief from the hours of service imposed on commercial vehicles providing power restoration and delivering gasoline, propane and diesel fuel within the affected areas. This shall include any commercial vehicle responding to affected areas in response to power restoration and delivering gasoline, propane and diesel fuel and debris removal.
- That conditions exist further requiring a waiver of stopping at all weigh stations for these commercial vehicles responding to the affected areas.
- That commercial vehicles providing relief and vital products and their operators shall be exempt from the hours of service imposed under 49 CFR Part 395, 601 KAR 1:005 and KRS 281.730 during the period of this emergency.
- That commercial vehicles providing relief and vital products as set forth herein shall be exempt from permit fees for overweight/over-dimensional vehicles.
- That IRP Registration Requirements for commercial vehicles providing relief services and vital supplies to the affected areas shall be waived.
Drivers must carry a copy of this waiver in their cab, and the official copy can be found here.
The declaration of emergency will remain in effect until 12:01 AM EST, January 14, 2022.
WCS Permits Can Help
If you have questions about this emergency declaration and how it may affect oversize load travel or more, WCS is here. WCS Permits has over 65 permit agents on staff ready to help.