North Dakota and Kentucky have temporarily suspended some trucking regulations to aid in emergency efforts.
On May 3, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple issued an executive order waiving
hours-of-service and weight restrictions for truckers assisting in recovery from the weekend’s storm.
The suspension of these regulations applies to vehicles delivering food, water, medicine and other critical supplies. It extends to vehicles engaged in restoration of public utilities, including waste disposal and debris removal.
The HOS waiver is effective until 11:59 p.m. May 31 or for the duration of the storm emergency.
Kentucky Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock signed an order April 29 temporarily lifting certain regulatory restrictions on motor carriers and utility vehicles providing disaster response, including those traveling through the state to provide assistance to other states.
Gov. Steve Beshear had declared an emergency because of the flooding and the order is effective until May 15. It applies to vehicles delivering food, water, medicine and other critical supplies. He also waived some restrictions for vehicles restoring public utilities, including waste disposal and debris removal.
During this time, affected truckers will not be bound to HOS or have to stop at weigh stations. Certain size and weight restrictions and usual economic requirements for interstate and intrastate motor carriers will also not apply for truckers providing these emergency efforts.
Truckers operating in Kentucky should carry a copy of the declaration in their cab. Click here to read it.
Missouri and North Carolina also have issued a temporary suspension of some trucking regulations to cope with damages left by recent storms and tornadoes.
Affected tractors are equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage Transmission with right hand stalk shifter. In the affected trucks, the display on the instrument panel can indicate “N” when the shifter is set into “D” or “R,” causing the truck not to move.