Iowa Hours of Service
Hours of Service Exemption
The Governor has issued an expanded emergency proclamation awarding Hours of Service (HOS) relief to drivers transporting diesel and gasoline products. PMCI would like to thank members for communicating the public safety consequences of fuel outages across Iowa to the county emergency management officials and also for proactively alerting emergency service personnel in communities where ambulance and fire protection services could be impacted.
This state of disaster emergency shall be effective at 12:01 a.m. on November 22, 2014 for gasoline products, shall continue for fourteen (14) days, and shall expire on December 6, 2014, at 11:59 p.m., the diesel proclamation shall also expire on December 6, 2014, at 11:59 p.m., unless sooner terminated or extended in writing by me. Iowa Code § 29C.6 (1).
The proclamation can be found here.
South Dakota Hours of Service
Hours of Service Exemption
Effective Thursday, November 13, 2014, Hours of Service exemption goes into effect for South Dakota.
Click here for Exemption.
The exemption will expire upon conclusion of the emergency, but no later than midnight, December 13, 2014.
Hours of Service E.O. 14-17-2014 LP
Hours of Service Exemption - Limited Relief
Effective Friday, October 24, 2014, Governor Dayton has issued an Executive Order exempting drivers from the Hours of Service regulations for LP.
Click here for Executive Order.
This ‘Relief of Regulation is effective immediately and remains in effect until November 23, 2014.
Note this is a limited with only relief from section b, under Code of Federal Regulations, part 395.3 requiring a 34 hour off period each week. Please read the document carefully. It does not allow for working beyond the 14 hour duty day or driving beyond 11 hours per day. See section b below:
(b) No motor carrier shall permit or require a driver of a property-carrying commercial motor vehicle to drive, nor shall any driver drive a property-carrying commercial motor vehicle, regardless of the number of motor carriers using the driver's services, for any period after—
(1) Having been on duty 60 hours in any period of 7 consecutive days if the employing motor carrier does not operate commercial motor vehicles every day of the week; or
(2) Having been on duty 70 hours in any period of 8 consecutive days if the employing motor carrier operates commercial motor vehicles every day of the week.
This executive order is for ‘Hours of Service’ only. Companies and drivers are still bound by all DOT requirements for driver qualification and performance. Companies must be aware that they are not relieved from ensuring drivers are not operating a commercial motor vehicle while they are fatigued or otherwise impaired. Companies are requested to share a copy of the order with their drivers and it is a good idea for drivers to have the order on hand in the vehicle.
Companies and drivers must remember that upon the expiration of this order, or when a driver or carrier ceases to provide direct assistance to the emergency relief effort, a driver that has had at least 34 consecutive hours off duty must be permitted to start his or her on-duty status hours and 60/70 hour clock at zero.
Extension of Hours of Service E.O. 14-16
Hours of Service Exemption
Effective Sunday, November 2, 2014, Charles Zelle, Commissioner of Transportation of the State of Minnesota has granted an extension of the Emergency Executive Order 14-16, exempting drivers from the Hours of Service regulations when transporting motor fuels.
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The extension is in effect for 30 days (Monday, December 1, 2014 at midnight).
While the attached extension 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 #3 in the extension).
Please take the time to read the specifics in the attached extension and pass this on to your associate jobbers, as some of them may not be members.
Minnesota's MINIMUM WAGE
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DOT Medical Professionals
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