FMCSA Extends Emergency Declaration to May 15

FMCSA Extends Emergency Declaration to May 15

Arlington, VA – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that it extended its emergency declaration first issued on March 13, 2020, and expanded on March 18, 2020.

The existing provisions of the March 13, 2020, emergency declaration and the expansion on March 18, 2020, remain in place until May 15, 2020. This includes those requirements under Parts 390-399, which include vehicle maintenance, inspection and driver qualifications, are also waived for waste haulers.

The extension also includes certain reporting requirements that were not required previously. Most notably is the requirement below regarding crash reporting.

A motor carrier whose driver is involved in a crash while operating under this emergency declaration must report any recordable crash within 24 hours, by phone or in writing, to the FMCSA Division Office where the motor carrier is domiciled. The carrier must report the date, time, location, driver, vehicle identification, and brief description of the crash.

“We thank the FMCSA for recognizing the challenges of working during the COVID-19 pandemic and extending their Expanded Emergency Declaration. NWRA remains committed to working with federal and state officials to ensure our members can properly and safely respond to this health crisis,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith.

A full list of the requirements can be found here.


The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry. Association members conduct business in all 50 states and include companies that manage waste, recycling and medical waste, equipment manufacturers and distributors, and a variety of other service providers. For more information about NWRA, please visit

Brandon Wright
National Waste and Recycling Association