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Iowa Truckers Say Y2K Problems Could Call For HOS Suspension

December 27, 1999

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The Des Moines (Iowa) Register reports the Iowa Motor Truck Assn. has advised Gov. Tom Vilsack he may need to lift hours-of-service limits for shipments within the state in the event of Y2K-related food or gas shortages.

Scott Weiser, president of IMTA, told the newspaper the trucking industry has previously received authority from Iowa's governor to work longer during propane shortages or other emergencies. When shortages exist, drivers typically wait longer to pick up products. Those extra hours are counted as work time under government regulations, Weiser said.

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