Governor Walker has issued Executive Order #96 to protect the health, welfare and economic well-being of the 250,000 Wisconsin citizens who depend on propane to heat their homes. Due to the demand of propane used for heating residences and businesses, this Executive Order exempts drivers of commercial motor vehicles transporting propane from state and federal service restrictions for 10 days, from January 24 to February 3, 2013.
Typically, a propane driver can drive 70 hours per week based upon Wisconsin and federal laws. Wisconsin has been experiencing dangerously low temperatures, and as a result, more propane is needed to heat Wisconsin homes. Several state petroleum terminals have not been able to meet the demands of their customers and are currently on a propane rationing system until further notice. The increased demand for propane means drivers are working more hours per day, causing drivers to reach maximum weekly driving and on-duty limits more quickly than normal.
Even with warmer temperatures predicted in the 10-day forecast, propane terminals expect that supply will not meet demand for 1 week, requiring drivers to haul loads on the weekend to replenish local supply before the temperature drops again in late January.
Executive Order #96 is available online.