State of New Jersey
Executive Order #52

Acting Governor Richard J. Codey
WHEREAS, the recent advance of Hurricane Katrina across the Gulf of Mexico and its landfall along Gulf Shores have caused numerous tornadoes, high winds, extreme tidal surges, extremely heavy thunderstorms, torrential rains, and flooding across many areas within the States of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana; and

WHEREAS, this severe natural disaster has already resulted in extensive human and economic damage across the States which surround the Gulf of Mexico; and

WHEREAS, the destructive conditions and damages caused by Hurricane Katrina are continuing across increasing areas of the southern United States; and

WHEREAS, these extreme conditions, and the resulting destruction of property, interruption of essential human services, and continuing dangers to and loss of human life, now require and will continue to require a massive public and private response to provide immediate, emergency assistance and continuing emergency relief to individual persons, businesses, and federal, state and local governmental units in need of transportation for food, supplies, tools, equipment, medicine, health care, law enforcement, security services, public utility services, sanitation and waste disposal, cleanup of debris, property restoration and reconstruction, and other necessities, which threatens to overload the available transportation systems to, from, and within these affected states; and

WHEREAS, the President of the United States of America has recognized the existence of an emergency within the meaning of Section 390.23 of Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, resulting from these severe weather conditions, which poses a threat to the public safety and health of persons residing within these affected state; and

WHEREAS, the safety and welfare of the inhabitants of the affected states and the public interest clearly require that operators of commercial motor carriers upon the public highways within New Jersey, who are rendering assistance to the emergency efforts be exempted from certain regulatory requirements while they are engaged in disaster relief efforts;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, ALBIO SIRES, Acting Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:

  1. Acknowledging the existence of a regional State of Emergency, the commercial motor vehicle regulatory requirements regarding the purchase of trip permits for registration and fuel for commercial motor carriers engaged in interstate disaster relief efforts in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana or Mississippi, shall be waived.

  2. The effective date of this Executive Order shall begin on September 2, 2005, and shall continue in effect until the expiration date as set forth in the National Declaration of Emergency issued by the President of the United States of America, and the expiration dates of any emergency declarations issued by the Governors of the States of Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana, or October 3, 2005, whichever earlier occurs.

  3. This Order shall be forwarded to the Chief Administrator of the Motor Vehicle Commission, who shall cause the provisions of this Order to be implemented.

GIVEN, under my hand and seal this 2nd day
of September in the Year of Our Lord, Two
Thousand and Five, and of the Independence
of the United States, the Two Hundred and Thirtieth.

/s/ Albio Sires

Acting Governor



/s/ Paul T. Fader

Chief Counsel to the Governor