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Gov. Corbett declares disaster in wake of cold snap, waives fuel driver requirements
By: WJAC Web Staff
HARRISBURG -- Gov. Tom Corbett issued a disaster declaration Friday for the Commonwealth and authorizes the easing of regulations to allow truck drivers to have more time on the road to make delivers of home heating gas and oil.
In the disaster emergency proclamation issued Thursday, Corbett said the recent period of severe cold weather across the state resulted in serious logistical problems with the distribution and delivery of propane gas and heating oil statewide.
Corbett said representatives with the propane and heating oil industry indicated that adjustments being made to the number of hours commercial motor vehicle drivers can be on the road to make deliveries would help overcome any logistical problems with deliveries.
PennDOT Secretary of Transportation Barry Schoch signed Friday changes to the number of hours drivers can be on the road. The changes will be in affect through Jan. 25.
The exemption applies statewide to only drivers transporting propane gas and oil for heating purposes. The maximum driving time is extended from 11 hours to 14 hours with 10 consecutive off-duty hours being taken between the 14 driving hours.
Drivers are also exempted from the ban on driving after 60 or 70 hours over seven or eight days.
Corbett said these exemptions are designed to avoid interruptions of home heating oil and gas that are essential to the welfare of residents.
Click here to read the two-page proclamation and exemption specifications.