Emergency Proclamations – Transportation Related

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.

Planting Proclamation

The Governor has issued a planting proclamation allowing vehicles transporting corn, soybeans, other agricultural seed, water, herbicide, pesticide, fertilizer (dry, liquid, and gas), manure (dry and liquid), gasoline, diesel #1, diesel #2, ethanol, and biodiesel to move overweight loads of up to 90,000 pounds without needing to obtain 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. This proclamation is good through June 10, 2022.


Due to confirmed cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza in the State of Iowa, the Governor has issued state of disaster proclamations for the following 11 counties: Buena Vista, Bremer, Cherokee, Franklin, Guthrie, Hamilton, Hardin, Humboldt, Osceola, Sac and Taylor. The proclamation allows a vehicle to move overweight loads of up to 90,000 pounds related to the response in the counties subject to the disaster declaration without needing to obtain a permit on non-interstate highways (Iowa Code 321.463). In addition, the proclamation allows extended hours of service for motor carriers and drivers of commercial vehicles for loads related to the response in the counties subject to disaster declaration (Iowa Code 321.449). This proclamation is good through May 22, 2022.


Motor carriers transporting livestock and livestock feed; medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19; supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants; and food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores, are temporarily waived from following hours of service requirements both in Iowa and the United States by declaration from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration through May 31, 2022.