By Tony Romeo
HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has granted a temporary waiver of hauling restrictions for home heating oil suppliers that are having difficulty keeping up with demand in this bitter winter weather.
For the next few weeks, restrictions on the number of hours that commercial drivers hauling heating fuel can work will be relaxed in Pennsylvania.
“There were trade associations representing propane and home heating fuel distributors who came to the Commonwealth and had concerns about their suppliers who had faced situations that without extended-hours-of-driving waivers, deliveries couldn’t be made in a timely fashion and people could be without fuel,” said PennDOT spokeswoman Erin Waters-Trasatt.
Drivers hauling heating fuel will be allowed to work 14 hours straight without a mandatory rest period, instead of 11 hours.
Restrictions on the number of hours behind the wheel accumulated over a period of days will also be relaxed.
The waiver will be in effect until January 25th.