Emergency Proclamations

Transportation-Related Emergency Proclamations

Special note:

Emergency proclamations impacting transportation through Iowa will be posted on this page. If you do not see any posted, there are no transportation-related emergency proclamations in effect at this time.

Severe Storm & Flooding PROCLAMATION

Governor Reynolds has issued a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency effective May 21, 2024. The proclamation provides relief from regulatory provisions for motor carriers moving loads related to disaster repairs for the duration of this declared disaster in Adair, Adams, Black Hawk, Buena Vista, Butler, Calhoun, Cass, Cedar, Cerro Gordo, Clay, Clinton, Dallas, Dubuque, Fayette, Franklin, Hancock, Hardin, Harrison, Humboldt, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Johnson, Keokuk, Kossuth, Marion, Marshall, Mills, Montgomery, Muscatine, O’Brien, Page, Palo Alto, Polk, Pottawattamie, Poweshiek, Tama, Scott, Shelby, Story, Union, Warren, Washington, Webster and Wright Counties.

The regulatory provisions include:
  • Allowing vehicles to move overweight loads up to 90,000 pounds without needing to obtain a permit on non-interstate highways.
  • Extended hours of service of motor carriers and drivers of commercial motor vehicles

The Governor’s Proclamation is set to expire on June 27, 2024.


Disaster proclamations related to the highly pathogenic avian influenza are in effect for various counties in Iowa.

Commercial drivers hauling loads related to the response to this disaster shall not be subject to hours of service in Iowa Code § 321.449.

In addition, vehicles responding to the disaster are allowed to be overweight (not exceeding 90,000 pounds gross weight) without a permit.This proclamation applies to loads transported on all highways within Iowa (excluding the interstate system) and those which do not exceed a maximum of 90,000 pounds gross weight, do not exceed the maximum axle weight limit determined under the non-primary highway maximum gross weight table in Iowa Code § 321.463 (6) (b), by more than 12.5 percent, do not exceed the legal maximum axle weight limit of 20,000 pounds, and comply with posted limits on roads and bridges.

Please check the Governor’s Newsroom for details regarding impacted counties and dates the proclamations are in effect.


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