South Dakota governor grants fuel haulers hours of service waiver

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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem signed Executive Order 2022-09 granting an hours-of-service waiver for fuel products being transported through South Dakota.

The 30-day order declares a state of emergency and exempts haulers of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, propane, ethyl alcohol, and natural gasoline from federal motor carrier regulations regarding drivers’ hours of service. The waiver addresses supply shortages being reported in the state by businesses and residents, according to a statement from the governor.

Although hours of service have been temporarily suspended for commercial deliveries, companies may not require or allow fatigued drivers to make deliveries. All other road safety and vehicle compliance regulations still apply.

The executive order expires at midnight July 9.

Noem's actions follow a similar waiver issued in Nebraska.