The Department of Transportation has been asked to relax the
hours-of-service rules for tank-truck drivers.
Sen. Jeff Bingaman, ranking Democrat on the Senate Committee
on Energy and Natural Resources, sent a letter April 25 to Secretary of
Transportation Norman Mineta requesting caps placed on driver service hours be
The move would be aimed at reducing fuel-delivery problems
that have led to spot shortages at fuel stations around the country.
In Texas, for example, some shortages occurred when
suppliers diverted trucks to pick up the ethanol that’s now being blended with
Four eastern states have already extended the hours that
tank-truck drivers could work – but three of those special extensions expired
on or before Monday, May 1.