Propane Emergency Orders are Widespread

Governors of most states in the eastern half of the United States have issued emergency orders to allow propane delivery drivers to be exempt from hours of service regulations during the second half of January.

The extent of the current cold snap is evident in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's online page listing states' emergency orders. Governors of most states in the eastern half of the country have issued emergency orders during the past two weeks that allow drivers to be exempt from hours of service regulations in order to deliver much-needed propane and heating fuels.

Texas' emergency order, signed Jan. 22 by Col. Steven C. McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, was issued in response to severe weather in Arkansas, Alabama, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, according to the order.

The declarations are only temporary suspensions and are limited to a maximum of 30 days, unless extended by FMCSA itself. They do not apply to CDL, drug and alcohol, hazardous materials, size and weight, or state/federal registration and tax requirements, although FMCSA notes a governor's declaration may add some of those exemptions. Even if an emergency declaration is in effect, the emergency must be ongoing and a driver must be providing direct emergency relief in order to be exempt from safety regulations, according to the agency.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Easy to Use Safety Incident App

    Record incidents on the go with IndustrySafe’s mobile app. Collect data for multiple types of incidents including including near misses, vehicle and environmental incidents, and employee and non-employee injuries; at job sites and remote locations—with or without web access.

  • Safety Training 101

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. IndustrySafe is here to help. We put together a resource that’s easy to digest so you can get answers to your training questions and ensure you're complying with OSHA's standards.

  • Conduct EHS Inspections and Audits

    Record and manage your organization’s inspection data with IndustrySafe’s Inspections module. IndustrySafe’s pre-built forms and checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Track Key Safety Performance Indicators

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations to easily track safety KPIs and metrics. Gain increased visibility into your business’ operations and safety data.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus