WHEREAS, emergencies may arise at any time, including but not limited to power outage due to tornado, rain, snow or ice storm, propane or gas shortages due to extremely cold conditions requiring carriers to travel out of state to haul fuel and distribute such fuel upon their return, flooding conditions, potential terrorist attack, or other unforeseen emergencies; and
WHEREAS, many of these emergencies occur after normal working hours or on holidays; and
WHEREAS, the safety and welfare of the inhabitants of the affected areas may require the rapid identification of an emergency situation that necessitates the need to suspend state enforcement of federal commercial vehicle and driver laws; and
WHEREAS, Executive Order 07-01 issued on January 2, 2007, in accordance with Section 390.23 of Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, authorized the Missouri Department of Transportation to declare an emergency thereby exempting motor carriers or drivers operating a commercial vehicle from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, Parts 390-399, both while providing assistance to the emergency relief efforts during the emergency, and while returning empty to the motor carrier's terminal or driver's normal work reporting location; and
WHEREAS, Executive Order 07-01 is scheduled to terminate on January 1, 2008; and
WHEREAS, in order to ensure the safety and welfare of Missourians in times of emergency situations, an extension of the January 1, 2008, termination date is necessary:
NOW THEREFORE, I, Matt Blunt, Governor of the State of Missouri, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Missouri, hereby extend the order that Executive Order 07-01 shall remain in effect until January 1, 2009.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Missouri, in the City of Jefferson, on this 29th day of December, 2007.
[Matt Blunt's signature]
[Robin Carnahan's signature]
Secretary of State