Gov. Walker signs executive order to ease impact of diesel shortage in Midwest
MADISON (WITI) — Governor Scott Walker has signed an executive order relating to the declaration of an Energy Emergency. The new order extends transportation hours for gasoline and diesel truck drivers as a proactive measure for Wisconsin’s gasoline and diesel supplies.
“Temporary pipeline and terminal maintenance problems, coupled with high demand for diesel fuel, has resulted in low inventories in the Midwest. The extension of the exemption for those who transport diesel will help ease the impact of the shortage as barrels continue to come up from the Gulf Coast. These extended hours will help our truck drivers deliver the supply across our state,” Governor Walker said.
Typically, a gasoline and diesel driver can drive 70 hours per week based upon Wisconsin and federal laws. This Executive Order exempts drivers of commercial motor vehicles transporting gasoline and diesel from state and federal service restrictions until December 1, 2014, while continuing to operate safely.