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Winter Weather Means More Hours for Drivers Hauling Road Salt

February 4, 2014
HARRISBURG– At the direction of Governor Corbett, PennDOT has granted a temporary waiver on certain restrictions on commercial drivers to allow for continued smooth delivery of salt supplies for road clearing during winter storms.

"Forecasts are calling for more storms in the next few days, and we want to take steps now to ensure that salt supplies are adequate to meet the mission to keep drivers moving," said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch. "The waiver will help us and municipalities meet our respective goals." 

The waiver extends the limits on hours of service for salt delivery drivers. Drivers usually must take a mandatory rest period after 11 hours behind the wheel. Under the waiver, the limit for driving hours is extended to 14 hours.

Exemption is also granted from the requirements of the 60/70-hour limits rule. This rule requires drivers to stop driving upon accumulating 60 or 70 on-duty hours (including all on-duty and driving time) over a period of seven or eight consecutive days, respectively. Any period of seven or eight consecutive days may end with the beginning of any off-duty period of 34 or more consecutive hours.

A similar waiver is in place for home heating fuel deliveries through Feb.11or until emergency conditions end.

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