Courtesy of NAA:
On August 31, 2022, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced the extension of its coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID–19) Emergency Declaration which provides regulatory relief for motor carriers and drivers engaged in providing direct assistance in continued support of the Nation’s COVID–19 national emergency. The extension of the emergency declaration expires on October 15, 2022.
FMCSA announced via a Federal Register notice it is seeking public comment concerning the extent to which motor carriers currently rely on the emergency declaration to deliver certain commodities and whether there has been any impact on safety. Relative to US aquaculture, this includes motor carriers transporting live aquatic animals and feed.
DATES: Comments on this document must be received by September 21, 2022.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by Federal Docket Management System Number FMCSA– 2022–0189 by any of the following methods:
Special Note: The NAA strongly recommends farms and businesses benefiting from the emergency declaration comment in support. Highway safety advocates will oppose continuing the declarations. In your comments describe who you are and what you do, how road conditions and construction have slowed travel, the extreme importance of delivering healthy, farmed aquatic animals and feeds as just-in-time cargoes, and high demand for live aquatic animals and feeds during the pandemic.