Senate passes bill to exempt propane haulers from hours reg to May 31, bill goes to president

propane tankerThe Senate unanimously passed March 14 a bill that would extend hours-of-service waivers for propane haulers and home heating fuel haulers to March 31. 

The Home Heating Emergency Assistance Through Transportation Act passed the House March 4, so the bill now goes to President Barack Obama. His signature would make the bill law. 


House approves bill to exempt some fuel haulers from hours regs until May 31

U.S. House members have approved a measure that would extend hours-of-service exemptions for propane and home heating fuel haulers to May 31.

The bill was introduced in the House Feb. 25 and would allow the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s regional exemptions in place on that date for 36 states to continue to May 31, to help ease a propane shortage for consumers caused by a severe winter and distribution hang-ups. 

The bill directs Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx to end the extension if the propane crisis is solved by May 31. He would consult with governors to lift the waivers in affected states.

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  • Keith Birmingham

    This Senate and President seem all too eager to make changes to the way our laws are enforced to benefit themselves. Has anyone here ever read, “Atlas Shrugged”, “Animal Farm”, “1984”, “Brave New World”? Yes we need propane delivered because of the winter weather. But, where do we draw the line on their law enforcement? You might consider that the next law they choose to manipulate may not benefit you. They are not protecting you. They are protecting their jobs.

  • Bill Lawson

    This is step 1 of the deregulation of the CDL restriction and regulation of length of driving times that the companies have been trying to modify and change from since the conseption of the transportation regulations and requirements that protect both driver and the public where implemented.

  • jojo

    Maybe they need to hire more Drivers. Wait a minute, nobody wants to drive a truck these days, there’s no money in it! strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.