November 2017

South Dakota, Wisconsin relax restrictions for propane haulers

Join North Dakota with temporary action

Courtesy: Associated Press

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota is temporarily making it easier for commercial drivers to deliver propane.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has waived federal hours-of-service requirements for drivers of commercial vehicles transporting the fuel.

Daugaard’s order says some regions of South Dakota are experiencing low propane inventories and even outages.

Propane inventories have been impacted by market disruptions caused by hurricanes and other factors. Propane also is typically in demand this time of year for grain drying and home heating.

Daugaard’s waiver was issued Monday and runs through Nov. 20.

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Article courtesy LandLinemag.com

Heading into the cold winter months, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, issued an executive order Nov. 3 lifting hours of service requirements to ease a potential propane shortage.

A trifecta of problems could hamper the deliveries of propane to customers around the state who typically order refills for the winter during November and December. The order was prompted by a propane terminal shut down for maintenance, long wait times at other terminals, and a wet corn season with most crops in the state requiring drying via propane heaters.

The executive order lifts the hours-of-service requirements on drivers in the process of obtaining and transporting propane. Drivers have the right to notify a motor carrier that he or she needs immediate rest while under the order. Those drivers shall be given at least 10 consecutive hours off before returning to duty. Drivers who request time off after having been on duty for more than 70 hours in eight days must be given at least 34 hours off.

The order is good until Dec. 3.