COVID-19: State Declarations

We are tracking the following issues across all 50 states and the District of Columbia:

 

Table 1

  • Closures of state driver license agencies
  • CDL expiration date extensions
  • New CLP and CDL issuance / testing restrictions
  • Parking and rest stop availability 

 

Table 2

  • Increased size and weight limits

 

Please note that the information provided in these tables should not be considered official, legal guidance. 


The Council of State Governments is tracking the broader range of executive orders happening across the states, here. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has also developed an online portal of current emergency declarations, waivers, amendments, extensions, exemptions and executive orders, found here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Has the International Fuel Tax Association (IFTA) and International Registration Plan (IRP) released any guidance to trucking companies on deadlines and emergency waivers by states?
 
Yes, both IFTA and IRP have compiled the latest list of states that have included these programs in their COVID-19 response. The latest information on IFTA and IRP can be found in these links.  

 
Frequently Asked Questions on Size & Weight Exemptions:

May trucks operate at greater weight or dimensional limits if they are providing transportation services in response to the COVID-19 national emergency?
 
Yes, if the state has issued an order or declaration granting trucking companies the authority to operate at weight or dimensional limits above those normally authorized under law.
 
Does federal law authorize higher weight limits on the Interstate System?
 
Yes, under federal law, in the event a national emergency is declared, states may issue permits authorizing the operation of vehicles with a gross weight over 80,000 pounds. States already have jurisdiction over non-Interstate roadways, so no federal authorization is required for non-Interstate roads.
 
Has the Federal Highway Administration issued guidance for states under the current emergency?
 
FHWA issued the following statement clarifying that the CARES Act gives states authority to issue emergency overweight permits, but has not given states additional guidance:
 
“In coordination with FHWA, Congress included a legislative clarification regarding Special Permits During Periods of National Emergency, 23 USC 127, in the CARES Act for FY2020. This provision will help ensure the continued free flow of critical relief supplies and other essential goods when responding to the recovery efforts during emergencies like the current pandemic. It provides important clarification regarding States’ authority to issue permits for overweight vehicles and loads on the Interstate when the President declares an emergency or major disaster under the Stafford Act.”

What types of goods are eligible for transportation under the states' emergency declarations?
 
This varies by state, but generally speaking, states do not specify the types of goods that qualify. However, the carrier must be able to demonstrate that the load is carrying goods that can be classified as relief or emergency supplies.
 
How much additional weight can a truck carry? How much more length is allowed?
 
This varies by state. Check with each state’s oversize/overweight permit office for details.
 
May trucks operating under an emergency declaration operate on all roads?
 
In some cases states may restrict trucks to certain highways. Generally speaking, trucks may not operate on bridges that have a posted weight limit below the truck’s gross weight. Check with each state’s oversize/overweight permit office for details.
 
Must drivers carry any documentation?
 
This varies by state, but generally speaking, drivers should carry the state’s emergency declaration (available here) and a state-issued permit if required.