Some petroleum haulers get temporary hours of service exemption in Montana

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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.