Safety & Compliance

Montana Suspends Hours of Service Ahead of Winter Storm

December 29, 2016

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On Dec. 28, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock issued an executive order suspending hours of service regulations in the state due to harsh weather and propane demand, according to the Flathead Beacon.

The order was issued in anticipation of a storm arriving in the area on Jan. 1, which is expected to bring snowfall, low visibility, and temperatures as low as 40 below zero by Monday morning. The freezing temperatures will stay in the area all week and could see near-record lows in some areas.

Hours of service regulations were suspended for carriers that transport propane, heating oil, and diesel fuel in order to meet the high demand for fuel before and during the storm.

The Flathead Beacon quoted Bullock saying, “Montana’s winter weather can pose a serious threat to the livelihood of Montanans who depend on propane and heating oil. This order will ensure the timely and necessary delivery of petroleum products so that Montanans keep warm in their homes and continue to work, even in the harshest of winter conditions.”


  1. 1. EZ X [ December 30, 2016 @ 05:45AM ]

    So it's OK for drivers of propane and gas to drive around tired and fatigued in sub zero weather and icy roads?

    Or is it more accurate to say that the HOS are arbitrary rules with no real basis in reality except for politician to feel good?

  2. 2. Adam Sykes [ December 31, 2016 @ 05:03AM ]

    HOS rules save many drivers from the "do it or I'll find someone who will" mindset. What happens if your client or supervisor say they need a load brought from Miami to Seattle and they need there in 50 hours. Good luck with that.

  3. 3. CBT [ December 31, 2016 @ 11:03AM ]

    Adam Sykes, you're absolutely correct. Hours of service were started as a protection but have become something totally different. They are now a hindrance to any real productivity more than anything else.

  4. 4. Rich [ January 02, 2017 @ 10:55AM ]

    Adam, 50 hrs is unrealistic but in the good days before tracking devices and governed trucks I have done that very thing thing in 72 hours and accomplished the only reason I was driving....making lots of money!
    If there is any other reason to work you need to re evaluate your priorities $$$$


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