Many states lift restrictions for relief loads

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Dozens of states have issued orders to temporarily lift height and weight restrictions on truckers delivering humanitarian aid to states damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Other waivers include New York’s waiver through Nov. 30 of registration requirements for out-of-state trucks. Utah has lifted the enforcement of laws affecting oversized loads, so that federal contractors may transport mobile homes more easily.

Not all the waivers involve deliveries to the Gulf Coast. To help maintain fuel supplies statewide, Pennsylvania has waived regulations that prevent fuel haulers from operating more than 11 hours per day. The waiver applies only to in-state commercial drivers of petroleum products.

Other states posting waivers include Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

A complete listing of all state emergency notices is posted on the Interational Registration Plan website at