Waiver lifted for road salt drivers

HARRISBURG — As another storm is threatening the state, PennDOT accelerated deliveries of road salt this week.  At the direction of Governor Corbett,  a temporary waiver has been extended on certain restrictions on commercial drivers to allow for continued smooth delivery of road salt supplies.


“Though we are entering March, the forecasts call for more winter weather and extending the waiver for drivers of salt trucks will help us overcome the challenges a huge surge in salt demand has placed on the delivery systems,” said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch.


The waiver extends the limits on hours of service for salt delivery drivers.  Drivers usually must take a mandatory rest period after 11 hours behind the wheel — they now have 14 hours.  The waiver has now been extended through March 31.


This week PennDOT sent 60 dump trucks to pick up 20,000 tons from a vendor in Delaware to be taken to the Philadelphia, Allentown and Harrisburg regions. The round-the-clock deliveries were expected to be completed Saturday.  (Codi Jade/AP)




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