South Dakota, Nebraska Pause HOS Mandates

South Dakota, Nebraska Pause HOS Mandates

A 30-day state of emergency in South Dakota was declared June 10, whereas Nebraska’s motion June 6 prolonged an earlier HOS waiver. (vitpho/Getty Photographs)

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Regional diesel and gasoline shortages prompted the governors of Nebraska and South Dakota to subject emergency govt orders quickly waiving federal hours-of-service mandates for gasoline haulers.

A 30-day state of emergency in South Dakota was declared June 10 by Kristi Noem as she exempted deliveries of diesel, gasoline, jet gasoline, propane, ethyl alcohol and pure gasoline from Federal Motor Provider Security Administration HOS rules. The waiver will tackle provide shortages being reported within the state by companies and residents.

Noem in signing Government Order 2023-09 famous the state is experiencing low gasoline inventories, towards an unknown timeframe for the resumption of regular provide flows. The order waived a state regulation (SDCL 49-28A-3) and FMCSA rules (49 CFR Components 390 to 399) for gasoline haulers below a directive that following regular driving time restrictions could “unnecessarily delay the transportation of those merchandise.”

“Drivers of transport automobiles delivering these merchandise should keep a dependable provide in order that the individuals of South Dakota have regular entry to those merchandise for his or her agriculture and transport capabilities,” acknowledged the order.

Expiring July 9, South Dakota’s order prohibited fatigued drivers to function a motorized vehicle, and any driver who informs a provider he/she wants rapid relaxation should be given “enough relaxation earlier than the motive force is required to return to service.”

In Nebraska, Gov. Jim Pillen on June 6 issued Government Order 23-10 to increase by means of Sept. 4 an earlier emergency HOS waiver that had expired two days earlier.

As earlier than, the order quickly permits drivers to work prolonged hours to haul diesel, biodiesel, gasoline or gasoline blends, gasoline oil, ethanol and propane. Drivers working below the momentary waiver should carry a duplicate of the emergency order.

Not like South Dakota’s order, Nebraska’s waiver comprises a timeline for relaxation intervals that fatigued drivers should comply with.

“No motor provider working below the phrases of this emergency declaration shall require or enable an in poor health or fatigued driver to function a motorized vehicle. A driver who notifies a motor provider that she or he wants rapid relaxation shall be given at the least 10 consecutive hours off-duty earlier than the motive force is required to return to service,” Pillen’s order acknowledged.

Nebraska’s directive is supposed to assist scale back delays at petroleum product terminals to make sure well timed gasoline deliveries to clients.

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