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Texas Suspends Certain Commercial Trucking Regulations in Response to Hurricane Laura


On August 26, 2020, Governor Abbott waived several commercial trucking regulations to assist in Texas' response to Hurricane Laura. The suspensions include waiving certain size and weight permitting requirements, which will help expedite the delivery of food, fuel, equipment, and other resources to help communities impacted by the storm. These waivers were requested by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Three types of regulations are suspended, subject to federal law and DMV safety limitations:

  • The oversize and overweight permitting requirements under Transportation Code, Chapters 621 through 623, as well as Title 43, Chapter 219 of the Texas Administrative Code, for all divisible and non-divisible vehicles and loads;

  • The International Registration Plan (IRP) vehicle registration under Transportation Code § 502.091 and 43 Tex. Admin. Code § 217.56, as long as the vehicle is registered in one of the 48 contiguous states of the United States; and

  • The 72-hour and 144-hour temporary registration permits under Transportation Code § 502.094 and 43 Tex. Admin. Code § 217.40(b)(3), as long as the vehicle is registered in one of the states of the United States.

These suspensions remain in effect until terminated by Governor or until the disaster declaration is lifted or expires.

Click here to download both the TX DMV waiver with conditions and exceptions as well as the Governor’s Disaster Declaration related to Hurricane Laura.

In accordance with DMV requirements, please keep both above-linked documents in trucks if providing Hurricane Laura assistance and seeking relief from the above.

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