Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has signed an emergency order meant to help keep up the supply of heating fuel amid the massive snowfall and frigid temperatures affecting the state.
The order signed Wednesday by the Democratic governor suspends rules that restrict working hours for truckers carrying heating fuel.
It cites harsh winter conditions that have resulted in distributors having to travel farther to find fuel sources and deliveries being delayed by poor road conditions.
Truck drivers aren’t allowed to work too many hours in a row and must rest a certain amount of time between shifts. Bullock’s order lifts those restrictions for truckers hauling propane, heating oil and diesel fuel until March 28.
If a driver says he or she needs immediate rest, the “hours of service” requirements must be followed, regardless of the order.