(WBNG Binghamton) New York Senator Charles E. Schumer on Thursday announced the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will, as a result of the extreme cold weather conditions causing shortages in the availability of road salt, issue a temporary rules change allowing salt to be delivered more quickly to New York.
According to a news release from Schumer's office:
The department’s emergency declaration will suspend the hour limits that currently govern truckers that carry road salt. It will allow salt to arrive to in-need New York municipalities from salt mines, including America Rock Salt in Livingston County, in a more expedited fashion.
“These back to back to back storms have taxed our resources to the breaking point, and we need to rush more salt here from wherever it’s available,” said Schumer. “These rule changes will allow the better access to salt resources so that we have what we need to fight back against mother nature. Salt in time saves lives.”
Currently FMCSA’s rules dictate that truck drivers can only drive a maximum of 11 hours, which must come after being off-duty for at least 10 hours. This temporary rule change will enable drivers to drive for longer, as long as they continue to follow rest break rules that prevent drivers from operating under intense fatigue.