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PennDOT grants waiver for drivers hauling food, medicine

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

PennDOT has temporarily waived certain restrictions on commercial drivers to allow for continued smooth delivery of essential food and medicine.

The exemption applies statewide to the transportation of essential food, dairy products and pharmaceuticals to food distribution, retail and wholesale food establishments, and the transportation and distribution of agricultural feed.

The new exemption takes effect at 1 a.m. Friday and expires at midnight Tuesday.

Drivers usually must take a mandatory rest period after 11 hours behind the wheel. Under the waiver, the limit for driving hours is extended to 14 hours.

Exemption is also granted from the requirements of the 60/70-hour limits rule, which requires drivers to stop driving upon accumulating 60 or 70 on-duty hours over a period of seven or eight consecutive days, respectively.

PennDOT previously issued a waiver that extended the limits on hours of service for fuel delivery and road salt drivers.

The waiver for fuel drivers, first granted Jan. 10, expired Feb. 11. The waiver for salt drivers was effective Feb. 3 and continues until March 2.

 

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