Governor Inslee Extends Emergency Weather Proclamation For Stranded Truckers
OLYMPIA, Washington – Governor Jay Inslee has extended the emergency weather proclamation for commercial drivers amid extreme weather conditions and crippling supply chain issues.
Due to severe flooding, poor driving conditions and road closures, Governor Inslee has cut commercial driver hours for drivers who collect or provide essential supplies and services.
Inslee amended the ordinance to help provide direct assistance and emergency relief to drivers, businesses and cities affected by winter conditions. The aim of the waiver is to provide trucks with emergency supplies to those in need as soon as possible, while providing drivers with appropriate compensation for their work.
Longer working hours are now allowed for those providing emergency goods and services, along with other exemptions.
“I ask motor carriers to use their best judgment to operate under this exemption in a manner that assures public health and safety,” Inslee wrote.
The Commercial Driving Hours Waiver is in effect Jan. 8-14, or until the Emergency Weather Proclamation is rescinded.
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