Michigan Fuel Shortages Force Gov. To Suspend HOS Rules for Carriers Transporting Fuel

Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday declared a State of Energy Emergency in Michigan due to the limited availability and temporary shortages of gasoline and diesel fuel in areas of the Upper Peninsula caused by a shutdown of the West Shore Pipeline in Wisconsin. 

The Executive Order suspends state and federal regulations relating to hours-of-service for motor carriers and drivers transporting gasoline, diesel fuel and jet fuel to address transportation needs arising from the impact of this energy emergency. 

Motor carriers or drivers currently subject to an out-of-service order are not eligible for the exemption and suspension until the out-of-service order expires or the conditions for rescission have been satisfied. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Michigan State Police (MSP) require that drivers for motor carriers operating under the Declaration of Energy Emergency must have a copy of the declaration in their possession. 

The West Shore Pipeline, located between Milwaukee and Green Bay, Wisc., supplies gasoline and diesel fuel to service stations throughout the western and central sections of the Upper Peninsula. As a result of the pipeline closure, the transportation of petroleum products within Michigan has been affected as carriers must seek alternate product terminals in Milwaukee and Madison, Wisc., resulting in longer driving distances and difficulty meeting demands in concert with state and federal hours-of-service regulations.

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