An emergency exemption Pursuant to Title 49 CFR �� 390.23 and 390.25 has been issued by the FMCSA Midwest Service Center Field Administrator, Darin Jones, as a result of extreme arctic cold weather conditions causing shortages and interruptions in the availability and/or delivery of propane and other home heating fuels throughout the States affected in the Midwestern Region to include the following: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin.

This declaration provides for the regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicles operations from 49 CFR Parts 390 through 399, except as otherwise restricted by this declaration, while providing direct assistance supporting the delivery of propane and home heating fuels into the affected areas and consumers in the above mentioned states during the emergency. Direct assistance terminates when a driver or commercial motor vehicle is used in interstate commerce to transport cargo or provide services not directly supporting the emergency relief effort.  Please note that this declaration has some restrictions and limitations listed that may not have been found in previous exemptions.

Nothing contained in this declaration shall be construed as an exemption from the controlled substances and alcohol use and testing requirements (49 CFR Part 382), the commercial driver’s license requirements (49 CFR Part 383), the financial responsibility (insurance) requirements (49 CFR Part 387), applicable size and weight requirements, or any other portion of the regulations not specifically authorized pursuant 49 CFR �390.23.

Drivers for motor carriers operating under this declaration must have a copy of the declaration in their possession.This declaration was effective January 19th, 2014 and shall remain in effect for the duration of the emergency (as defined in Title 49 CFR � 390.5) or until 11:59 P.M., CST, February 11, 2014 whichever is less.

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