Gov. Doug Burgum signed an executive order on Oct. 31, 2017 granting an hours-of-service waiver for drivers of commercial vehicles transporting propane.
North Dakotans face extremely low inventories of propane supplies due to market disruptions caused by hurricanes and other severe seasonal weather, the order states. North Dakota farmers also face an increased need for propane fuel to dry late-harvested grain resulting from drought conditions during this year’s growing season.
Waiving the hours-of-service requirements will ensure that carriers, agribusinesses and farmers can obtain the propane they need through the fall and winter months.
North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring requested the waiver. It will remain in effect for 30 days.