is once again flowing through a pipeline that normally supplies
about a third of the Phoenix area's gas, even though it could be
several days before supplies begin flowing at a normal level.
gas restrictions, eased HOS rules and less panic pumping helped
ease lines at gas stations.
Gov. Janet Napolitano, The Arizona Motor Transport Association,
the Arizona Department of Transportation, the Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration and others helped gain temporary relief from
hours of service restrictions for tank drivers providing relief
to retail fuel outlets.
relief was granted in the form of a declaration from Napolitano
authorizing local transportation officials “to employ every available
means to assist gasoline distributors in hauling refined petroleum
product to any affected county in the state of Arizona.”
current DPS authorization is specific to Maricopa County and provides
carriers that are providing direct assistance to Maricopa County
with shipments of gasoline and diesel fuel may allow drivers to
be on duty for 80 hours in any period of eight consecutive days.
Drivers are required to be off duty for a 24-hour period following
the 80 hours. For purposes of this emergency, these additional hours
need not include non-driving time with a limitation that driving
time and non-driving combined does not exceed 80 hours. Under no
circumstances shall total on-duty time exceed 80 hours in an eight-day
exemption will remain in effect for 30 days unless it is rescinded.