Hours of service exemptions for propane haulers extended to March 1

| February 07, 2014

propane tankerThe hours of service waiver issued for propane haulers in the South, East and Midwest has been extended to March 1, pushed back from their previous end date of Feb. 11. 


Hours of service rules waived in 24 states for propane haulers

In response to a request sent to the DOT, FMCSA has issued an hours-of-service exemption to propane haulers in 24 states due extreme temperatures that ...

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued the exemptions to propane haulers after the National Propane Gas Association requested them, due to propane shortages around the country caused by higher demand due to colder than average temperatures and some other factors. 

The country’s propane supply is “more than adequate,” NPGA said in a letter to FMCSA last month, writing that troubles in transportation and distribution are to blame for getting propane to consumers. 

Four waivers from FMCSA allow propane haulers exemptions from hours rules in nearly two-thirds of U.S. states: Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, Oklahoma, Connecticut, D.C., Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, West Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota. 

The waivers last until 11:59 p.m. March 1. 

Drivers operating under the exemption must have a copy of the waivers with them:

Click here to download the waiver for the Eastern region. 

Click here to download the waiver for the South. 

Click here to download the waiver for the Midwest.

Click here to download the waiver for the Dakotas. 

  • Jimmy the Greek

    What a bunch of crap !

  • Mark French

    Just goes to show that the HOS rules have nothing to do with safety!

  • Canuck

    It is OK to change the rules when it is good for them. HOS is supposed to be about safety, and what could be more dangerous than hauling a load of propane while you are tired. Because people are cold maybe a tired truck driver will flip one over; that will heat things up. It goes to show how screwed up the United States are. They now have proved HOS is a money grab along with trying to promote safety when it is convenient for them. It is probably someone from the FMCSA who ran out of propane getting cold that changed the rules. Like they care about homeless people getting cold.I am glad I live up north in Canada. Our taxes might be high but they take good care of rich or poor. Yes we have our problems but nothing close to the USA. eh!!

  • norman ott

    That’s just what we need, hasmat loads being driven by tired truckers. Where is mothers against tired truckers? They are home keeping warm by tired truckers. Total BS

  • Slick

    So, If my family gets hit by a tired truck driver, does this Government rule change authorize me to sue the hell out of the Rule makers???

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