North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum is petitioning the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to reconsider its decision to restrict governors’ ability to waive hours-of-service regulations for commercial truck drivers. The FMCSA tightened the maximum waiver from 30 days to 14 days. Burgum said the change impacts agriculture’s ability to respond to emergencies “without having to slog through a sea of bureaucratic red tape.” In the last two years, Burgum issued HOS waivers for CDL drivers hauling propane, gasoline, diesel fuel and heating oil and additional orders for those hauling ag inputs, fertilizer, hay, water and livestock.
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