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Some petroleum haulers get temporary hours of service exemption in Montana

An emergency declaration by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock will give certain truckers operating in the state a reprieve from federal hours-of-service regulations through Jan. 27.

Citing “extremely harsh winter conditions,” the declaration allows drivers hauling propane, heating oil and diesel fuel in Montana to waive hours-of-service regulations. The order does state, however, that carriers are not allowed to require or allow fatigued drivers to drive under the waiver.

If a driver informs a carrier that he or she “needs immediate rest,” the HOS rules go into effect for that driver.

The full language of the emergency declaration can be seen here.

3 comments
25 year driver
25 year driver

I get that people need fuel but isn't it funny how they can suspend the HOS for carriers hauling dangerous flammable loads in harsh weather conditions. Doesn't that seem to be the worst time to allow drivers to keep driving as they will be a lot more fatigued because of the driving conditions than they would be on a nice sunny day. What about safety???? HOS doesn't make any sense. They always talk about driver fatigue but the real problem is that the HOS cause extreme driver fatigue. Driver that follow the HOS must keep driving when they are tired because they will run over the 14 hour limit if they stop and take a rest when they want to. Drivers also pull over when their time is up and sit around until they get tired then go to sleep. When the alarm goes off that your 10 hrs is up you jump behind the wheel and get going even if you only had 4-5 hours of sleep but again you can't stop and take a nap 3-4 hours down the road because your time keeps running. The rules should be simple and go back to 10 hours driving and 8 hours sleep split in 2  or straight, how a driver feels not what regulation tells them.

Ben77
Ben77

I, for one, 2nd what 25 year driver said up there. The H.O.S. regulations were come up with by people who have never driven a truck for 11 hours straight in a row. He's right, they cause EXTREME fatigue. Not just feeling tired. The H.O.S. causes drivers to drive during micro sleep when their eyes are open but their brain stops working. If people REALLY cared about safety, they would fight for drivers to drive when they want to and to rest when they want to.

39FORD
39FORD

How is it that in this case a single state ( or Governer ) can overide Federal guidelines and basically make Law contrary to federal HOS guidlines? Not that I am against providing these services, but how does a state just overide federal regs? If this is the case, couldn't any state just determine that state law will over ride Fedural law at any given time?

Matt Cole is an Associate Editor for CCJ and Overdrive. Reach him at mattcole@randallreilly.com.