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FMCSA extends hours of service waivers for propane haulers to March

propane tankerThe hours of service waiver issued for propane haulers in the South, East and Midwest has been extended to March 1, pushed back from their previous end date of Feb. 11.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued the exemptions to propane haulers after the National Propane Gas Association requested them, due to propane shortages around the country caused by higher demand due to colder than average temperatures and some other factors.


FMCSA waives hours-of-service rules for propane haulers in 24 states in East, Midwest

In response to a request letter sent to the DOT by the National Propane Gas Association, FMCSA has issued an hours-of-service exemption to propane haulers ...

The country’s propane supply is “more than adequate,” NPGA said in a letter to FMCSA last month, writing that troubles in transportation and distribution are to blame for getting propane to consumers.

Four waivers from FMCSA allow propane haulers exemptions from hours rules in nearly two-thirds of U.S. states: Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, Oklahoma, Connecticut, D.C., Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, West Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota.

The waivers last until 11:59 p.m. March 1.

Drivers operating under the exemption must have a copy of the waivers with them:

Click here to download the waiver for the Eastern region. 

Click here to download the waiver for the South. 

Click here to download the waiver for the Midwest.

Click here to download the waiver for the Dakotas.

Amish Trucker
Amish Trucker

What a wonderful opportunity for a real world study of the effects of the hours of service regulations.  We have seen half attempts at studies using the regulations, how about a study of carriers NOT following the regulations.  It shouldn't be hard to find out how many accidents have been reported under the waiver, however I just attempted to contact 2 regional offices (Midwest, East) and could not get through to a human. 

  I still find it hard to comprehend how unimportant these rules become when the government feels the need to manipulate supply and demand in the open markets.  I guess the odds of someone running out of propane are greater then the odds of a tanker driver falling asleep when he can drive for unlimited hours.

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