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Propane Haulers Ask for Regional HOS Exemptions

January 17, 2014

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In a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, the National Propane Gas Association on Wednesday called on him to grant regional exemptions from federal hours of service regulations for the Midwest and Eastern parts of the U.S., to relieve what the group says is "pressure on the current propane distribution network."

Richard Roldan, NPGA's president and CEO, said the matter is a transportation and distribution issue, not a supply problem. 

"What the industry is experiencing now is a distribution challenge brought on by a number of factors, including a late, wet grain and corn harvest, historic low temperatures, insufficient propane storage, pipeline maintenance, reduced capacity for propane transports via rail, and a change in the flow of energy in North America,” he said.

So far, 24 states, primarily in the Midwest and Northeast, have issued HOS waivers, according to the group. Highlighting the need for a regional waiver, Roldan said, "Some states forgo issuing exemptions citing the significant expenditure of resources and coordination needed between the industry and state officials. A regional waiver would eliminate the patchwork of state exemptions and provide an important measure of uniformity throughout these regions."

The National Propane Gas Association is the national trade association of the propane industry, which represents approximately 3,000 companies, including producers, wholesalers, transporters, and retailers of propane gas as well as the manufacturers and distributors of associated propane equipment and appliances.

A copy of the letter can be downloaded at www.npga.org/RegionalWaiverLetter.    


  1. 1. Gilbert Garcia [ January 22, 2014 @ 01:31AM ]

    Now we are going to see if Anne really means it when she states that zero deaths is realistic... Now these big companies want exceptions for what ever reason. Is it going to be an even playing ball field or is the Federal Government going to pick and choose who has to abide by these new HOS rules. To every Owner Op, every CEO and every one in the Trucking industry I submit to you, every one of us is feeling the pain of what Ms Anne has created we all know it is only going to get werst. Instead if trying to get an exemption or a free ride, you big companies have deep enough pockets to make a change. Lets push to eliminate this new rule all together, its not going to work and designed by people that have never steped a foot in a truck let alone know what it takes to survive in this business. Maybe when the big guys bank account start shrinking by the millions will they push to do some thing. Dont wait too long, it might just be to late.

  2. 2. Gilbert Garcia [ January 22, 2014 @ 01:39AM ]

    Big companies.... Stop crying and trying to get an exemption from the new HOS rule. We are all feeling the pain so deal with it or do some thing about it. If you have one truck or ten thousand trucks its gonna hit you where it hurts $$$$$$... Is the federal goverment going to pick and choose? To be continued... Just face it Ms Ferro, you have no clue as to what it takes to make the Trucking Industry work. My suggestion to you, instead of dictating behind a desk, go buy a truck and hit the road... Lets see how long you can survive...


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