The Department of Transportation has waived hours-of-service regulations for areas affected by drought, to help put more needed trucks and drivers on the road to help affected farmers and ranchers.
HOS rules will be waived if a qualifying drought emergency has been declared in a state by its governor or appropriate official, with no application needed, the White House said on its website.
If the situation does not qualify for emergency relief, federal rules regulating large truck and bus operations may be waived in certain circumstances, the White House said.
The ongoing drought has slammed Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and southern Illinois and Indiana, and its effects on trucking have hit agricultural carriers especially hard.
DOT can process a request to waive regulations in seven to 14 days, and the transportation law signed by President Obama signed in July provides new authority for states to issue special permits for overweight vehicles and loads that can easily be dismantled or divided in an emergency situation, it said.