Montana, Dakotas suspend hours regs for drought relief haulers

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Governors in three states in recent weeks have issued emergency declarations in some or all counties due to drought conditions, prompting the suspension of certain hours-of-service regulations for drivers hauling hay, water and animals.

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the declaration June 16, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock issued the notice on June 23, and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum issued the declaration July 10.

In addition to hours-of-service reprieves for truckers hauling supplies to help livestock producers in the states, Montana and North Dakota’s orders also ease weight limit regulations for drivers hauling hay and water to ranchers.

The orders for all three states are effective until further notice.

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