A temporary hours of service exemption for commercial truck drivers hauling petroleum products to certain states was announced by the federal government May 9 following the unanticipated shutdown of a pipeline.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is issuing a temporary hours of service exemption to deal with the aftermath of the unanticipated shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline.
Colonial was shut down during a May 7 cyberattack and has no estimate on when the 5,500-mile pipeline will restart, according to Politico.
To avoid disruption to supplies of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and other refined petroleum products, the exemption will apply to commercial drivers transporting those products to Alabama, Arkansas, the District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
The FMCSA “will work closely with its state and industry partners to monitor driver work hours and conditions for the duration of the exemption,” according to an FMCSA news release.
Click here for the full text of the exemption.