WHEREAS, the recent period of extremely cold temperatures, and the adverse winter weather conditions have increased the necessity and public demand for heating fuels within the state, including propane (also known as liquified petroleum gas or LP gas); and
WHEREAS, this period of inclement weather has made it unusually difficult for commercial transporters of propane to make consistent and timely deliveries for propane products by motor vehicles on the public highways in Missouri, which are needed to supply the public demand for propane as a heating fuel; and
WHEREAS, the safety and welfare of the inhabitants of this state require that motor carriers for hire and private carriers by motor vehicle which are transporting propane be allowed more rapid and efficient travel to meet this public demand for propane products within the state; and
WHEREAS, this requirement for more rapid and efficient transportation would be facilitated by the temporary suspension of certain usual and necessary regulator limitations on the hours of service of drivers of commercial motor vehicles while transporting propane during this period; and
WHEREAS, the Regional Director of the Federal Highway Administration's Office of Motor Carriers for Region 7, which includes the State of Missouri, has declared a regional emergency pertaining to the transportation of propane and heating oils, as a result of interruptions in the availability and/or delivery of propane at various locations within this state, and has granted relief from the requirements of 49 C.F.R. Section 395.3(a) and 395.3(b) of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for motor carriers while providing propane or heating oils to customers in the States of Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska, for the period beginning February 1, 1996, and continuing for the duration of the emergency, or until 12:01 A.M. on February 16, 1996, which is less; and
WHEREAS, the requirements of 49 C.F.R. Section 395.3(a) and 395.3(b) are also made applicable to drivers of commercial motor vehicles operating in state under Section 307.400, RSMo 1994, and the rules promulgated by the Director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety under 11 C.S.R. 30-6.010;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mel Carnahan, Governor of the State of Missouri, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Missouri, do hereby suspend the requirements of Section 307.400, RSMo 1994, and the rules promulgated by the Director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety under 11 C.S.R. 30-6.010, but only to the extent that those provisions make 49 C.F.R. Sections 395.3(a) and 395.3(b) applicable to the drivers of commercial motor vehicles while transporting propane and heating oils within the state; and
I further direct the Missouri State Highway Patrol, its officers and commercial vehicle inspectors, the enforcement personnel of the Missouri Division of Transportation within the Missouri Department of Economic Development, and any other officers of this state or any political subdivisions of this state, to suspend their enforcement only to drivers of commercial motor vehicles while transporting propane and heating oils within this state; and
I further direct that this suspension order shall not apply with reference to any driver while that driver, or the employer of that driver, has been placed out of service as provided by law; and
This order shall be effective for the period February 1, 1996, through the duration of the emergency period declared by the Regional Director of the Federal Highway Administration's Office of Motor Carriers for Region 7, or until 12:01 A.M. on February 16, 1996, whichever is less.
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 2nd day of February, 1996.
[Mel Carnahan's signature]
[Rebecca McDowell Cook's signature]
SECRETARY OF STATE