Gov. Kemp Suspends Restrictions on Hours of Service, Truck Weight

Staff Report

Wednesday, September 1st, 2021

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has suspended enforcement of federal limits on hours of service for commercial vehicle operators in Georgia. He also loosened weight restrictions for trucks on Georgia highways. 

The announcement came by an update to Kemp’s executive order declaring a COVID state of emergency. The adjusted trucking rules will remain in effect for the next 30 days, or until the state of emergency is lifted, whichever is shorter. For details, download a PDF of the executive order here.

Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 496,700 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $29 billion in income, $122 billion in revenue and $3.4 billion in state and local taxes to Georgia’s economy. The Port of Savannah handled 9.3 percent of total U.S. containerized cargo volume and 10.5 percent of all U.S. containerized exports in FY2020.