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FMCSA Extends Key Bridge Waivers for HOS Drive Time and ELD's

On May 7, 2024 the FMCSA called the Maryland Motor Truck Association to advise that they are extending the waiver previously issued that extends the maximum amount of drive time and exempts certain motor carriers from the electronic logging device requirement.  The waiver was set to expire on May 8, but is being extended by an additional 30 days.


As a reminder, the waivers:


  • Give an additional 2 hours of drive time for deliveries of certain as noted below.  Drivers are still subject to the maximum allowed on-duty time.  For example, the exemption allows 13 hours of driving in a 14 hour on-duty window.

  • Allow an exception for drivers who do not already have an electronic logging device from having to use an ELD. Drivers using this exception will need to keep a paper log while operating under the waiver.


The waivers apply to:


  • Transportation related to the immediate restoration of essential services at the Port of Baltimore.

  • Transportation of commodities re-routed due to the disruptions to vessel traffic into the Port.

  • Transportation of fuel (gasoline, ethanol, propane, natural gas, and heating oil) from Maryland’s Curtis Bay terminal (within the Baltimore Marine Terminal area) for delivery to the following locations within Maryland: Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Cecil County, Frederick County, Harford County, Howard County, Queen Anne’s County, and Washington County. 


A copy of the extension is expected to be posted online later today. You can monitor FMCSA's actions related to the Key Bridge at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/FSK.

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