One of the quickest ways to get a headache is to research the overlap between federal and state regulations and governments. We hope to save you a headache by explaining in layman’s terms to the best of our ability what the federal government’s second declaration (the first being the hours-of-service-suspension) means.
The Gist of Overweight Transport Authorization
If you were in one of the affected states that allowed overweight fuel loads (not all of the states exempt from HoS allow this), you were still unable to use federal highways to perform such travel. This included the Interstate Highway system commonly used even for intrastate travel.
The federal government has decided to pull back this red tape and is allowing overweight fuel haulers with the relevant special permits from their state to travel on these roads without being in violation of the Department of Transportation.
The ten states that this applies to are:
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
The Bottom Line
The declaration comes off the heels of the increased demand in gasoline and other petroleum fuels as fear of a fuel shortage hits the eastern shoreline of the United States. Funnily enough, the supplies of fuel have become more exacerbated by the increased demand than from the lowered supply, as vehicles line up by the dozens to fill their tanks for the week or two to come.
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