FMCSA Suspends H.O.S. in 8 States Due to “Decrease in Availability of Heating Fuel”
Washington D.C. – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is adding eight more states to its current list of states under Emergency Declarations.
The FMCSA has suspended certain Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR), including hours of service rules, for truckers and carriers providing emergency relief in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
The agency says the Regional Emergency Declaration is in response to “early onset of early winter weather conditions, flooding, and high demand resulting in decrease in availability of heating fuel, including propane, for household use in the Affected States, and its anticipated effects on people and property, including the immediate risk to public health, safety and welfare.”
On October 31 and November 1, 2019, the Governors of several states, including Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin, issued Emergency Declarations for the transportation of heating fuel, including propane, as a result of low supplies and high demand due to weather and other conditions.
The FMCSA says its Emergency Declaration “provides for regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations while providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts transporting heating fuel, including propane, natural gas and heating oil, into the Affected States, or providing other assistance in the form of emergency services during the emergency in the Affected States from the heating oil shortages.”
The order will remain in effect until November 30, FMCSA says.
This latest Emergency Declaration now takes the total number of states currently under such an order to twelve.
Last week the FMCSA issued a similar order for the state of California in response to “widespread wildfires and extreme weather including unprecedented high winds… and their effects on people and property, including the immediate threat to human life or public welfare.”
For more on current states under an Emergency Declaration, click HERE.