Safety & Compliance

Emergency Hauling Declarations Extended Once Again

March 03, 2014

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Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regional offices have once again extended emergency declarations waiving certain federal regulations for those involved in the interstate hauling of emergency relief supplies as cold weather continues in the Midwest and Northeast.

The declarations are based on input from governors or their designated representatives as to the need for propane and other home heating fuel, along with road salt and similar supplies, according to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

All of the new extensions will expire on March 15 or when the emergency ends, whichever is sooner.

The states where rules are being waived for deliveries of propane and other home heating fuels, along with salt or other anti-icing supplies to maintain safe roads include Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont, which are served by one FMCSA regional office, along with Ohio, which is served by a separate one.

Regulations are being waived for propane and other home heating fuel deliveries in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin, while regulations are being waived for propane and diesel fuel shipments in South Dakota.

There are no new declarations for the Southern region, as the governors from the area did not indicate a need for them, according to CVSA.

Comments

  1. 1. Amish Trucker [ March 04, 2014 @ 05:37AM ]

    It would be very interesting to see how many crashes have been reported by carriers operating under the exception. The Midwest office of FMCSA did not seem to know and referred me to DC. I personally know of 2 owner operators who are turning Ohio-Texas twice a week, over 70 hours of driving. What would it say to the government and industry if units not following hours of service regulations have no crashes for a quarter of a year?

  2. 2. sum ting wong [ March 04, 2014 @ 08:03AM ]

    That you come up with a new rule and then have to waive it for half the country seems to be a recurring theme with this administration.
    Could it be that the statistics they used were flawed so that they could have the outcome that they wanted.
    Oh wait! That's a recurring theme too!

  3. 3. stephen webster [ March 08, 2014 @ 02:24PM ]

    Many propane haulers are not getting overtime that they were told they were told that they would get for hours over 60 per week. This is proof that $ come ahead treating drivers fairly

 

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