Minnesota Governor Tim Walz today signed Emergency Executive Order 19-09, providing for emergency relief from regulations to motor carriers and drivers transporting forage from Minnesota. As a result of severe winter weather in the region, Midwestern states—including Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin—are experiencing widespread, catastrophic spring flooding. Significant snowpack and deep frost, followed by late thaw, heavy rain, and rapid snowmelt, all contributed to the current flood conditions. The risk of extensive damage to businesses, homeowners and farmers is ongoing. In response to the flooding and anticipated effects on people and property, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a regional emergency declaration that provides relief from certain safety regulations to carriers providing direct assistance to support emergency relief efforts.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, sections 169.86, 169.862, and 169.865 provide permit and fee requirements for the movement of oversize and overweight divisible loads under certain circumstances. Strict enforcement of these provisions would prevent or hinder efforts to provide time-sensitive assistance to impacted regions.

The Emergency Executive Order goes into effect today, March 29, 2019 and remains in effect until April 30, 2019, or until the motor carrier or driver stops providing direct assistance, whichever occurs first.