Updated list: Exemptions to hours regs issued in some states for propane, fuel, relief load haulers

| January 10, 2014

trucking fuel tankerIn wake of Winter Storm Hercules and the extreme temperatures in impacted states, several states have issued exemptions or waivers of federal hours-of-service rules for truck drivers hauling fuel to or in those states.

Here’s a list of the states who have issued waivers:

Arkansas: Gov. Mike Beebe has issued a state of emergency declaration that exempts carriers and drivers carrying liquified petroleum gas and those carrying any load that provides” direct assistance in providing emergency relief,” according to the declaration. The exemption is in effect until Jan. 17.

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Connecticut: The state’s DMV granted an exemption beginning Jan. 10 for drivers hauling gasoline, diesel fuel, heating oil and propane in the state. Drivers must have a copy of the exemption with them. Click here to download. The exemption expires at 11:59 p.m. Jan. 16. 

Kentucky: The state’s DOT issued a declaration of emergency to exempt propane transporters from hours of service rules until 12:01 a.m., Jan. 28. 

Maine: Gov. Paul LePage has issued an emergency proclamation that exempts drivers carrying heating fuel and bulk petroleum from federal hours-of-service regulations. The exemption lasts until Jan. 18.

Massachussetts: Gov. Deval Patrick’s declaration of emergency for waived HOS rules for carriers and drivers transporting “fuels necessary for the continues heating of homes and businesses.” It lasts until 11:59 p.m., Jan. 12.

Michigan: Gov. Rick Snyder has issued a waiver of hours-of-service rules for drivers hauling propane, in an attempt to mitigate propane shortages and delivery delays in the state. The order only applies to propane haulers. The waiver is in effect until 11:59 p.m., Jan. 10.

Minnesota: Gov. Mark Dayton signed an emergency executive order that allows relief of hours-of-service rules in the state for carriers and drivers hauling propane and those carrying fuel. The waiver for propane haulers lasts until Feb. 9. The waiver for haulers carrying fuel oil, gasoline, diesel fuel, ethanol and biodiesel lasts until Feb. 7.

Missouri: An emergency delcration from Missouri’s Department of Public Safety waives hours-of-service rules for carriers “who participate in emergency relief efforts.” Any carrier with loads aiding in emergency relief efforts or carrying essential services and supplies is exempt, the waiver says. The waiver lasts until 11:59. p.m. Jan. 13.

New Hampshire: The state has issued a declaration of emergency that waives HOS rules for drivers and carriers hauling propane, gasoline, diesel and fuel oil to distributors, homes, businesses and government buildings within the state. Drivers must have a copy of the Declaration of Emergency Notice with them. The waiver lasts until 11:59 p.m., Jan. 11.

New Jersey: Gov. Chris Christie issued an exemption to drivers hauling propane and other heating fuel within the state. The exemption lasts until Jan. 31. The exemption originally was set to expire this week, but Christie signed an exemption Jan. 8.

Ohio: The state’s Public Utilities Commission issued the regulatory relief Jan. 6, waiving HOS rules for drivers hauling motor fuels, heating oil and propane in the state. The waiver expires Jan. 10 at 11:59 p.m.

Oklahoma: Gov. Mary Fallin issued an executive order that suspended HOS rules for drivers transporting liquefied petroleum gas within the state. It lasts until Feb. 5.

Vermont: The state has waived the hours rules for carriers hauling propane to distributors in Vermont. The waiver applies only to those hauling propane from terminal to local distributors, according to the declaration. It lasts until 11:59 p.m., Jan. 13.

Wisconsin: Gov. Scott Walker issued an executive order to allow carriers and drivers “in the process of obtaining or transporting propane” to be exempt from hours of service rules until 11:59 p.m.. on Jan. 22. 

This list will be updated if other states waive rules.

  • Mike Smith

    So, HOS is being dismissed for some of the most dangerous payloads, and cows, but everyone else has to adhere to these horse rules made up by communist bureaucrats. I guess I’m insane, but I don’t get it. What am I missing out on. Please tell me I’m wrong and help me understand what’s going on.

  • Nick

    You are right but unfotunately this i a war where is just one looser.this is us,the truck drivers.the enforcement guys are up there and we are underground.welcome in the real world.by the way we are happy because we have no chip underskin .yet.

  • http://www.truckertwotimes.com/ Truckertwotimes

    Hummmmm

  • Rhino driver

    Thatss right driver,get your hazmat and hammer down!

  • Rhino driver

    We need fuel to cook the cows

  • Dummy

    Help me understand If your hauling a bomb then you can drive till your eye’s pop out but if your hauling toilet paper you better stop and get the much needed (demanded) break?????

  • Kendall Oakleaf

    They make em up as they go along, bias decision making, You can break the law if your gonna make the government a lot of tax money along the way for every gal sold cha ching

  • norman ottt

    Another reason for them to pat themselves on the back. Total BS.

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  • Dave Nichols

    so we can see the absurdity of hours regs. They exempt the most dangerous goods drivers so the politically connected can keep their toes warm?

  • Hazhaulr

    2 1/2 years ago I retired from trucking. I did hazmat for 30 years. Listen to you guys. It never stops does it. Glad I retired. Tired of listening to all the babies cry about everything. Man, if you don’t like the laws in trucking, then get out of it. Ain’t none of you got a chain around your neck.

  • Eagle57

    Most of you are missing the real issue at hand. The states that have declared HOS exemptions for propane have done so because they are dealing with emergency situations because there is not enough propane in the pipelines to supply people’s homes and livestock operations. Somebody in the Department of Energy signed off on releasing millions of gallons of propane to be delivered overseas during our winter months (Bureaucratic idiot or lunatic politician?) that has left Americans out in the cold.

  • John Lengyel

    WTF?
    So let me get this straight they change the Federal Houres of service
    thats based around Safety,,,WTF?,,,, for Propane Haulers WTF?,,,, HAZ
    MAT!!!!! WTF? Big Friggin Boom !!!! WTF?? reminder WEYAUWEGA TRAIN WRECK
    1996,,,WTF??,, As always their poor planning puts all the
    responsibility on the ‘LOWLY’ truck drivers,,,,,WTF? so who will be held
    responsible for all the mushroom clouds,,,,,, easy,,,,,,,
    The drivers who were forced to drive pending the future of their
    employment WTF?? TRUE INSANITY Change the rules to meet the logistic
    Idiots INCOMPETENCY And onceagain pass the Buck on to the ones who
    really do the work and risk their lives while the logistic Idiots go
    home to their family every night…
    As Drivers We know Our Job And
    Do it to the Letter Of The Law and Now They Are Forcing Drivers That
    Have A Set Sleep Cycle Forcibly Set According To Houres Of Service To
    DRIVE TIRED With One of the MOST HAZARDOUS LOADS TO HAUL
    WW TT FF ?????????????????????????

    WE NEED THOUSANDS OF LIKES/SHARES FOR THIS TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW…..
    DO YOU KNOW IF THE LP /PROPANE TANKER DRIVER YOU ARE DRIVING NEXT TO MAY
    NOT HAVE SLEPT IN DAYS??? IF THEY ABSOLUTLY NEED TO DO THIS SHUT DOWN
    THE HWY AT NIGHT AND CONVOY IT THROUGH WITH UN SLEEP DEPRIVED DRIVERS
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!