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Hours of service waivers for propane haulers rescinded in most exempted states

| April 10, 2014

trucking fuel tankerThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has cancelled the Congressionally implemented hours of service waivers for propane haulers and home heating fuel haulers in 31 of the 36 states where exemptions were granted. The waiver expirations are effective immediately, FMCSA says. 

In a Federal Register notice published April 10, the agency said the only six states where the waivers remain are: Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia. 

All others have been rescinded. 

FMCSA began granting regional exemptions in January in response to a near-nationwide propane shortage caused by severe winter weather and other factors. The National Propane Gas Association requested the exemptions, and the agency granted exemptions to propane and home heating fuel haulers in 37 states. 


Hours rule waivers for propane haulers extended as Obama signs exemption bill

Propane haulers in 36 states are exempt from federal hours-of-service regulations until May 31, as President Barack Obama signed a bill into law March 21 ...

Congress then took up the cause — citing FMCSA’s ability to pass only 30-day extensions of the waivers at a time — and  passed the Home Heating Emergency Assistance Through Transportation Act, which was signed by the president March 21. 

The law extended the waivers in the 36 states and the District of Columbia to May 31, but Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx was directed by the bill to work with state governors to determine when the waivers were no longer needed and to cancel them if that became so. 

Thirty states and D.C. told the agency they no longer have a propane shortage and no longer need the exemptions, following inquiries from FMCSA. 

Governors in the states where the exemptions will continue said their states’ fuel supplies are still below normal.

  • whyismycachealwaysclearing

    Good news guys, our government is telling you what to do again!

  • Pupeperson

    I want to see the aggregate crash statistics for those haulers who were exempted from the HOS regs during one of the worst winters in history in those areas where the exemptions applied. This for liquid loads that are inherently less stable than others or for empty rigs which are also less safe on icy roads than loaded equipment. It seems if the data from this subset of carriers are => to those of the larger whole that the HOS regs are really not needed and are simply another governmental intrusion into an inherently safe industry.

  • highasakite

    GEE….So H.O.S. are out the door w/haz-mat. run 24/7..when the govt. need us, But on a daily basis of making a living it’s open season for lets say 15min over your 11 or 14??? That to me throw’s the H.O.S. OUT THE DOOR!! See they can sleep and drive when they want…and not deal with the 14 hr. b/s ( from what I understand)

  • localnet

    I ran propane under these rules, my entire company did… We ran our normal 70, instead of 34 hour break, took a 24 if we wanted… Most all of us stuck to the normal HOS. Seventy is plenty.

  • localnet

    Pretty much… Kinda how we used to be able to run under the old rules. I miss those days… Take a break if I really needed one, I could stop without penalty in bad weather or to avoid rush hour. Or, even drive at night if I wanted to, when the roads are clear, again without penalty. Yep, those were the good old days… And I never found myself needing multiple log books or pills to do my job safely and efficiently, nor did I run anyone over under those old rules, imagine that? strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.