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Montevideo American-News - Montevideo, MN
  • Dayton declares a state of emergency

  • The order, it appears, is designed to give drivers and companies the means with which to deliver fuel to disaster relief quickly, without overburdening their drivers if they need rest.
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  • "A state of emergency exists in Minnesota," reads an executive order from Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, given this morning. The order, it appears, is designed to give drivers and companies the means with which to deliver fuel to disaster relief quickly, without overburdening their drivers if they need rest.
     
    As a result of the order, drivers transporting fuel oil, gasoline, diesel fuel, ethanol and biodiesel are exempted from regulations pertaining to hours of service. This is because, according to the order, these products are needed for emergency service vehicles, buses, generators and heating.
     
    However, the order also clarifies that: "No motor carrier or driver (of this category) shall require or allow an ill or fatigued driver to operate a motor vehicle. Any driver who informs a carrier that he or she needs immediate rest shall be given at least ten consecutive off-duty hours before the driver is required to return to service."
     
    The order also states that once a driver is no longer needed to provide direct assistance to the emergency relief effort, they must be given at least thirty-four consecutive hours of rest.
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