Johnson Praises Expanded Trucking Hours of Service Amid Pandemic

March 18, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) praised the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) decision to expand commercial drivers’ hours-of-service during the national COVID-19 pandemic.

“During uncertain times, our nation’s supply chain must remain strong,” said Johnson. “Our truck drivers play a crucial role – they make sure our grocery stores are stocked and our medical supplies are delivered. I’m grateful for FMCSA’s swift action to relieve trucking hours-of-service to ensure Americans have the supplies they need during this outbreak.”

On Wednesday, Johnson urged FMCSA Acting Administrator Jim Mullen to provide trucking hours-of-service relief in order to expedite emergency relief shipments during the COVID-19 outbreak. The expanded hours apply to vehicles carrying emergency supplies like medical equipment, sanitation products, and food and agriculture commodities that keep Americans fed. 

To read FMCSA’s full national emergency declaration visit: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency/expanded-emergency-declaration-under-49-cfr-ss-39023-no-2020-002  

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