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State of emergency declared, Noem exempts drivers from federal regulations

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South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem signs an executive order that waives federal motor carrier regulations for 30 days.

PIERRE, S.D.  – Federal motor carrier regulations are being waived by Gov. Kristi Noem to address supply shortages in the state.

The Governor’s Executive Order 2022-09 waives the federal motor carrier regulations for drivers’ hours of service that allows for faster delivery of certain liquid products through South Dakota.

In the 30-day order, a state of emergency is declared and exempts delivery of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, propane, ethyl alcohol, natural gasoline, diesel exhaust fluid, and anhydrous ammonia from federal motor carrier regulations regarding drivers’ hours of service.

The waiver addresses supply shortages reported in the state by businesses and residents, in part due to the needs of harvest and preparation for winter.

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 on Nov. 25, 2022.

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