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Governor Dayton Issues Executive Order Exempting Drivers from HOS Rule for Fuel Transport

Monday, October 6, 2014  
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Effective Saturday, October 4, 2014, Governor Mark Dayton has issued an Executive Order exempting drivers from the Hours of Service regulations when transporting motor fuels.

Click here for Executive Order.

The exemption is in effect for 30 days (Sunday, November 2, 2014 at midnight).

While the attached Executive Order exempts drivers transporting diesel fuel oil and any simultaneous required transportation of gas and the components of diesel fuel and gasoline including but not limited to ethanol and biodiesel are exempt from the Hours of Service requirements. It does not exempt companies from insuring that drivers are not operating a motor vehicle while fatigued or ill (Item #4 in the Executive Order).

In the last paragraph of the Executive Order, a sentence says that "direct assistance is defined in Minnesota Statutes 2006, Section 221.0269, Subdivision 3(c)." This subdivision essentially says that if a driver is hauling a product other than motor fuels exempted, that driver is not covered by the Hours of Service exemption.