ATLANTA – Gov. Nathan Deal says the ongoing state of emergency tied to the shortage of gasoline in the state of Georgia has been extended an additional three days.
Deal's executive order says, in part:
“That a State of Emergency is hereby extended for the limited purpose of suspending the federal rules and regulations that limit the hours operators of commercial vehicles may drive, in order to ensure the uninterrupted supply of transportation fuel throughout Georgia. This emergency justifies a suspension of Part 395 (drivers' hours of service) of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The suspension shall remain in effect for 3 days or until the emergency condition ceases to exist, whichever is less. Nothing herein shall be construed as an exemption from the Commercial Driver's License requirements in 49 CFR 383, the financial requirements in 49 CFR 387, or applicable federal size and weight limitations.”
The new order is set to expire at midnight on Monday, September 26, by which point, the normal flow of gasoline should be restored, according to Deal’s office.
Significant fuel shortages across the state have existed for more than a week, since Colonial Pipeline’s primary supply line was ruptured in central Alabama. A bypass line was completed early Wednesday, with service starting to resume late Wednesday night.
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