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Pennsylvania disaster declaration aimed at ensuring heating fuel delivery

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 10 2014 01:24:32 PM CST
Heating fuel oil delivery in winter

AP

HARRISBURG, Pa. -

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has issued a disaster declaration aimed at avoiding interruption of propane gas and heating oil deliveries.

Corbett said Friday that the prolonged cold weather in the commonwealth has resulted in "serious logistical problems" in distribution and delivery of the heating fuels.

He said a disaster declaration is needed for PennDOT to waive federal and state motor carrier regulations covering hours of service for drivers.

The exemption, which runs through Jan. 25, applies statewide to transportation of propane gas and oil for heating purposes.

"This temporary waiver will allow drivers some extra time behind the wheel and avoid potential delivery delays," said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch.

The waiver extends the maximum driving time from 11 hours to 14 hours, with 10 hours off in between, and waives a ban on driving after 60 or 70 hours over seven or eight days.