New Jersey extends hours exemption for fuel deliveries

| 4/26/2006

In an effort to keep fuel flowing to the state’s pumps, New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine has extended an emergency hours-of-service exemption to allow intrastate truckers more flexibility when delivering fuel.

The exemption – which became effective April 24 – will remain in effect until May 1 and exempts fuel delivery drivers from the 60/70 hour rule only. Exemptions may only be used when all drivers in a company have reached the 60/70 hour limit. Drivers must still comply with all other driving regulations.

New Jersey Transportation Commissioner Kris Kolluri told The Associated Press that the exemption was driven by the high price of fuel and by the annual switch from winter fuel to summer fuel.