North Dakota waives HOS rules for fuel haulers

| 1/2/2009

North Dakota Governor John Hoeven has issued a temporary waiver of hours-of-service requirements for drivers who haul diesel fuel in that state.

The waiver, which was issued on Jan. 1, will be in effect until Jan. 14.

Local NBC affiliate KFYR reports that North Dakota has been facing a diesel shortage this year, thanks to soaring demand brought on by extremely cold weather.

In addition, two refineries in Montana were hit by fires last week, which slowed production and forced states like North Dakota to truck in fuel from as far away as Wyoming or Denver.

Some fear that the supply problems could lead to a diesel price spike in North Dakota.

ProMiles was showing the average there on Friday morning at $2.47 a gallon. That’s 15 cents above the national average of $2.32 a gallon.

– By Terry Scruton, staff reporter