State waives trucking restrictions in hurricane wake
PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch announced today the department is temporarily waiving certain commercial driver restrictions so that trucking companies can meet customer and business needs as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
The state issued the waivers for commercial drivers working in these operations:
• Transporting motor and heating fuels and propane gas.
• Emergency response operations related to the hurricane.
• Transporting food, dairy products and pharmaceuticals to distribution, retail and wholesale food establishments.
• Transporting and distributing agricultural feed.
The action waives normal federal hours-of-service requirements for drivers in those operations, meaning drivers could extend their continuous driving to 14 hours before a mandatory rest period, according to PennDOT. The regular limit is 11 hours.
The exemptions also apply to rules requiring drivers to take 34 hours of off-duty time if they’ve accumulated 60 hours of on-duty time, including nondriving duty, in a seven-day period, or 70 hours in an eight-day period.
The waiver for food, dairy, agricultural and pharmaceutical deliveries expires Nov. 4. The waiver for fuels expires Nov. 14 and Nov. 12 for hurricane response and recovery.