Governor Approves Waiver on Limited Work Hour Regulation for Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators Involved in Response Efforts for June 12-16 Storms
June 17, 2017 (LINCOLN, NEB.) — Gov. Pete Ricketts has approved a waiver to a U.S. Department of Transportation regulation that limits work hours for commercial motor vehicle and motor carrier operators in order to expedite response and recovery efforts from storms that caused damage across the state during the week of June 12-16. The waiver applies to drivers who are engaged in transporting equipment, materials and storm debris.
“We requested the proclamation to allow for the effective and efficient transportation of equipment, materials, and supplies consistent with emergency management strategies to provide aid, comfort, and security necessary for the restoration of order and safety to local governmental jurisdictions in the state,” said Nebraska Emergency Management Agency Assistant Director Bryan Tuma. “Federal motor carrier safety regulations determine the number of hours the drivers of commercial motor vehicles which deliver equipment, materials, and storm debris may operate commercial motor vehicle drivers in the state. Damage in affected communities can threaten essential public health and safety services and endanger public property if response and recovery operations are disrupted due to interruptions of commercial motor vehicle hours of service.”
Motor carriers that are not directly supporting emergency response and recovery operations in Nebraska, or that have an Out-Of-Service Order in effect may not take advantage of the relief from regulation that such a declaration provides.