Winter Weather Means More Hours for Drivers
Hauling Road Salt
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.
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."
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.
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.
similar waiver is in place for home heating fuel deliveries through Feb.11or
until emergency conditions end.