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