Feds launch fuel hotline; mobilize 'petroleum team' for hurricane relief

By David Tanner, Land Line associate editor | 11/6/2012

The U.S. DOT has established a single point of contact to truckers hauling fuel to navigate the various state regulations in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The effort includes a one-stop hotline and a petroleum support team to help keep fuel stocked in regions facing supply disruptions and shortages.

A number of states have issued waivers on certain regulations including hours of service, vehicle size and weight, tolls, fuel taxes and the use of low-sulfur diesel. And while these states have information sites and hotlines of their own (see related story), the federal hotline aims to be a one-stop clearinghouse for information related to the transport of fuel.

The federal hotline number is 800-832-5660. The DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is also providing online resources for petroleum transport.

“This team will help get fuel delivered to states and communities recovering from Hurricane Sandy even faster and more efficiently than before, by streamlining multiple state regulations for trucks,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Monday, Nov. 5.

“The president has asked us to ensure fuel moves as quickly as possible, and we are answering that call, starting with a hotline number that will give trucks, states and others a one-stop solution to ensure the swift delivery of relief goods.”

Additional resources for truckers, including waivers and permits related to hurricane relief, can be found at fmcsa.dot.gov.

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