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Hours of service rules suspended in states struck by winter storm

Several states hit by winter storm  this weekend have suspended hours of service rules for drivers carrying emergency supplies.

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Today, New Jersey became the sixth northeast state to suspend trucker hour-of-service rules after winter storm Nemo left more than 3 feet of snow in some locations.

The Garden State lifted the rule through Feb. 18 for truckers hauling heat fuel while New York’s eased the restriction through Feb. 20.

Truckers taking heating oil, propane, gasoline and diesel into Connecticut have HOS relief through 11:59 p.m. Feb. 13. Connecticut also has lifted International Registration Plan requirements for transporters of emergency supplies and equipment until further notice.

Massachusetts has relieved HOS rules for haulers of heating oil, propane, gasoline through Feb. 16.

New York issued HOS relief for those hauling heating fuel into the Empire State through Feb. 20, while Rhode Island has waived HOS for transportation of home heating fuel, propane, and liquid natural gas through Feb. 13.

Finally, Maine has lifted HOS rules for power repair trucks through Feb. 12.

A full list of emergency declarations is listed on FMCSA’s website.

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