HOS Rules Suspended For Emergency Supply Carriers

If you’ve been to the Northeast in the past few days, you’ve probably seen whole towns without power, buried under the 40 inches of snow brought by winter storm Nemo. While repairs are well under way, some families are still without power, and emergency supplies are being hauled in to help get homes repaired and heat back up and running.

The good news is that relief is getting to the people that need it as quickly as possible. The FMCSA has temporarily suspended HOS rules for drivers carrying emergency supplies, specifically fuels like propane, natural gas, and gasoline. The states that have received waivers are New York, Maine, and New Jersey.

After the initial dump of as much as 40 inches, some states were hit again with an additional snowfall only a few days later. Highways were shut down, and according to Michael Riley, president of the Motor Transport Assn. of Connecticut, the roads were so bad that even snowplows were getting stuck.

“The local roads are a mess,” Riley noted. “We’ve had snowplows get stuck…The CTDOT guys told me they couldn’t push snow anymore because of the wall of snow and they had to get payloaders to move it.”

President Obama declared a state of emergency for Connecticut and the National Guard has been assisting in most New England States.

Even though roads like I-91, I-95, and 295 are all reopened after they had sections close down, anyone driving in the area, including people carrying emergency supplies should be cautious.

Source: overdrive, ccj, fleetowner

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