A Nebraska State Patrol Reminder for Truckers

With COVID-19 executive orders wrapping up in Nebraska, the State Patrol in a news release reminds owner-operators of commercial trucking vehicles of the status of state and federal exemptions.

“The trucking industry has been immeasurably vital during the pandemic,” said Captain Dan Doggett, Commander of the NSP Carrier Enforcement Division. “From hauling PPE, to cleaning supplies, to food, and eventually vaccine shipments, our partners in the trucking industry have been a big part of getting through the pandemic.”

This week, the Governor rescinded several executive orders related to coronavirus.

With that, Nebraska State Statutes related to the trucking industry, such as weight regulations, are now back in effect.

The Carrier Enforcement Division will be working with the trucking industry and drivers during the transitional period.

While Nebraska regulations come back into place, emergency measures authorized by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration remain.

The FMCSA Emergency Declaration exemption is limited to:

  • Livestock and livestock feed
  • Medical supplies and equipment related to testing, diagnosis, and treatment of COVID-19
  • Vaccines, constituent products, and medical supplies and equipment including ancillary supplies/kits for the administration of vaccines, related to the prevention of COVID-19
  • Supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19, such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap, and disinfectants
  • Food, paper products, and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores.

According to the FMCSA order, the exemption does not include non-emergency transportation of any of the goods listed above.

(Picture from Getty and Nebraska State Patrol)

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