The U.S. Department of Transportation is taking action to help with the fuel crisis in Georgia by extending the hours-of-service requirements for fuel carriers in the Southern portion of the United States, a news release from Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Moultrie, said.
“We know that Georgia is sharing a burden experienced by many other southeastern states right now due to refining operations being drastically cut in the Houston area and the Colonial Pipeline running at less than full capacity,” a statement issued by Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Atlanta, said.
The exemption will allow more quantities of fuel to be carried to gas stations in Georgia. An exemption was already in place because of hurricanes Gustav and Ike, but was was set to expire last Saturday. The waiver announced Friday extends the emergency exemption to Oct. 8.