House bill would extend hours of service waivers for fuel haulers to end of May

| February 26, 2014

trucking fuel tankerA bill introduced in the House this week would if passed extend the exemptions to hours of service rules for propane and home heating fuel haulers to May 31, essentially taking measures beyond what the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is capable of. 

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) introduced the bill Tuesday, Feb. 25. The Home Heating Emergency Assistance Through Transportation Act (H.R. 4076) has nine co-sponsors. 

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In light of propane shortages around the country, spurred by severe winter weather and some distribution hang-ups in certain regions in the country, FMCSA in January began issuing hours of service waivers to propane and home heating fuel haulers to help boost the ability of propane companies to get fuel to households. 

Shuster says, however, the agency’s “declarations can only last 30 days at a time, creating uncertainty and limited relief.”

The bill would give Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx the ability to end the extension if the propane crisis is resolved before May 31. Foxx would, per the bill, consult with governors in affected states and lift the waivers on a state by state basis. 

FMCSA’s current exemptions run until March 1 and is good for propane haulers in nearly two-thirds of the country: 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.

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  • mark ulloa

    So here I am driving down the road with my load of wigets, and I’m gonna shut down when my 11 hours is up, bacause I’m a safe driver and my government tells to. Wait a minute, A propane hauler doesn’t have to shut down, he doesn’t have to be a safe driver because the propane industry needs more money and people need propane for heat, and there’s a shortage ( how nice for the propane companies) What a bunch of BS. You’re either safe or you’re not.