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Truckers transporting propane in Vermont, Michigan get hours exemptions

The shortage and colder weather in these states has necessitated truckers transporting propane to have to travel more miles to get to available propane, adding to work hours and wait times.

The Trucker News Services

12/24/2013

Vermont and Michigan have been added to a growing list of states where the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has exempted drivers and motor carriers transporting propane from hours regulations.

Both states’ governors have declared a state of emergency brought about by colder-than-normal temperatures and a shortage of propane to heat homes and businesses, plus in Michigan winter temperatures hit sooner than normal and repairs were being made to the Cochin propane pipeline serving the upper Midwest, also causing a shortage.

The shortage and colder weather in these states has necessitated truckers transporting propane to have to travel more miles to get to available propane, adding to work hours and wait times.

This doesn’t mean, however, that ill or fatigued drivers will be eligible for the exemption, and drivers taking advantage of the exemption must have a copy of the exemption notice in their possession.

In Vermont, drivers who utilize the exemption may come back into compliance and restart their hours clock after taking 24 hours off-duty at the end of their period of extended hours.

In Michigan, drivers and carriers currently put out-of-service aren’t eligible to take the exemption.

For more information, go to the FMCSA website at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/

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