Extreme weather has prompted governors to suspend hours-of-service rules for relief supply trucks in the following 10 states: Delaware, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Virginia.
Specifically, Hurricane Irene and Missouri River floods have driven these temporary HOS waivers. Some fuel taxes and special size and weight permit requirements have also been suspended.
Nationally, the HOS rule has been waived for relief freight bound for the troubled states, with some exceptions, which may be seen at the American Trucking Associations’ Truckline.com site. The ATA suggests drivers taking “advantage of the hours of service and oversize/overweight provisions … read the executive orders and … carry a copy of them in the cab of their truck.”
Many of the states’ emergency orders are now coming to an end. For example, the New Jersey order by Governor Christie authorized exemptions to the rule that drivers cannot work 7/8 consecutive days without being off duty for 34 or more consecutive hours. This applied only to emergency deliveries of food, water, fuel and other essential supplies. This exemption ends today, September 12, 2011.