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These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on June 9, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in Tennessee, we recommend that you visit the state's COVID-19 Resource website

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Description of Program and Relief

Notice of Exception to Rules and Regulations Limiting Hours of Service for Operators or Commercial Motor Vehicles Providing Supplies to Assist Persons Affected by COVID-19

In light of COVID-19, Tennessee has instituted a temporary exception from the federal rules and regulations limiting the hours of service for the operator of a commercial motor vehicle providing supplies, equipment, personnel, and other provisions, including items related to the maintenance of the food supply and disinfectant or sanitizing supplies of any kind, to assist persons affected by COVID-19.

Government or Lead Agency

Tennessee Governor’s Office

Dates Available

Effective immediately.

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

Exception is subject to the following restrictions:

  • No exemptions from the Commercial Driver's License requirements in 49 C.F.R. § 383, the financial requirements in 49 C.F.R. § 387, or applicable federal size and weight limitations will be put in place.

  • No motor carrier shall require or allow an ill or fatigued driver to operate a motor vehicle. A driver who notifies a motor carrier that he or she needs immediate rest shall be given at least ten (10) consecutive hours off-duty before the driver is required to return to service.

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)


List of Additional Information

The applicable executive order is here.

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