Colorado fuel shortage prompts HOS exemption

| 1/4/2007

A shortage of fuel in the aftermath of Colorado's second blizzard of the season has prompted the emergency lifting of hours-of-service rules for some in-state truckers.

Greg Fulton, president of the Colorado Motor Carrier's Association, told "Land Line Now" on XM Satellite Radio that intrastate fuel tanker drivers have a 10-day waiver, which ends Jan. 12, so they can get fuel to the hardest-hit southeastern part of the state.

"Fuel had gotten short because you couldn't get fuel into the area, because all the avenues to bring it in had been affected by the weather," Fulton said. "We've had to have fuel tankers go longer distances, and unfortunately they have to wait in longer lines to get filled up to bring it back to the area."

Meanwhile, the National Guard continued to use helicopters Thursday to deliver hay to stranded livestock in Colorado and western Kansas.

- By Reed Black, staff writer