Cold weather: Gov. Dayton issues Emergency Executive Order

By KBJR News 1

Cold weather: Gov. Dayton issues Emergency Executive Order

January 7, 2014 Updated Jan 7, 2014 at 10:02 AM CDT

(NNCNOW.com) --- Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has issued an executive order allowing certain drivers of fuel trucks to extend their hours on the road.

This relief of state and federal regulations is valid only for motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance in emergency relief efforts.

Due to our extreme weather conditions number one fuel oil, is in high demand to run everything from emergency vehicles, school buses and furnaces in homes.

Currently with the extremely low volume of fuel available, licensed petroleum distributors are being forced to send their fuel transport trucks longer distances to meet the demand.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the governor's declaration triggers the temporary suspension of certain Federal safety regulations, including Hours of Service, for motor carriers and drivers engaged in specific aspects of the emergency relief effort.

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