WHEREAS, Missourians depend on propane supplies to heat their homes, businesses, and other buildings during winter months; and
WHEREAS, I issued Executive Orders 22-08 and 22-09 to ensure Missourians receive access to propane and other State support to address winter weather and conditions; and
WHEREAS, the increased demand and decreased supply for propane has created significant delays for carriers to acquire propane for transport to and across Missouri; and
WHEREAS, action is needed to provide regulatory relief and assistance to ensure timely access to propane is not interrupted for Missouri residents and businesses; and
WHEREAS, a temporary suspension of current regulations on maximum driving times is necessary to the safety and welfare of the citizens of the State of Missouri in order to ensure that operators of commercial motor carriers who are assisting in the aforementioned efforts within the State of Missouri; and
WHEREAS, the State of Missouri is currently in a State of Emergency under Executive Orders 22-08 and 22-09 within the meaning of Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations Section 390.23.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, MICHAEL PARSON, 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 declare that the State of Emergency currently in effect under Executive Orders 22-08 and 22-09 and Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations Section 390.23 shall permit vehicles used in support of the aforementioned efforts be exempt from the hours of service requirements in Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 390 through 399, as incorporated in state law, including but not limited to Sections 307.400, 390.201, and 622.550, RSMo, and 11 CSR 30-6.010, for the duration of this Order.
This order applies only to propane fuel. No other fuels are covered by the exemption and suspension under this Order.
Nothing in this Order shall be construed as an exemption from applicable controlled substances and alcohol use and testing requirements in 49 C.F.R. Part 382, the commercial driver's license requirements in 49 C.F.R. Part 383, the financial responsibility requirements in 49 C.F.R. Part 387, applicable size and weight requirements, or any portion of Federal and State regulations not specifically identified.
Additionally, nothing in this Order shall require or allow an ill or fatigued driver to operate a commercial motor vehicle as described in 49 C.F.R. § 390.23(b). 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.
This Order shall remain in effect until January 3, 2023 unless extended in whole or in part.
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 21st day of December, 2022.
[Michael L. Parson's signature]
MICHAEL L. PARSON
[Jay Ashcroft's signature]
JOHN R. ASHCROFT
SECRETARY OF STATE