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Topeka – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback issued an executive order today to grant temporary relief from motor carrier rules and regulations for those helping with storm clean-up in counties hit by severe weather April 14th and 15th.
"Cleaning up and rebuilding the homes and business damaged or destroyed by the tornadoes and severe storms last weekend will take time. This order will assist with those clean-up efforts," Gov. Brownback said.
Executive Order 12-05 applies only to those motor carriers and person operating commercial motor vehicles who are directly involved in the restoration and relief efforts for Barber, Barton, Butler, Chase, Clay, Comanche, Dickinson, Edwards, Ellsworth, Geary, Greenwood, Harper, Harvey, Hodgeman, Jewell, Kingman, Kiowa, Lincoln, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, McPherson, Mitchell, Morris, Osborne, Ottawa, Pawnee, Pratt, Reno, Rice, Riley, Rush, Russell, Saline, Sedgwick, Stafford, Sumner, Smith and Wabaunsee Counties.
In accordance with Title 49 C.F.R. § 390.23, EO 12-05 temporarily suspends the requirements contained in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, Title 49 C.F.R. Parts 390-399.
The order also temporarily suspends registration and fuel tax permits required by the Kansas Department of Revenue as well as licensing, certification and permitting rules and regulations required by the Kansas Corporation Commission.
Drivers must still obtain permits for over dimension and overweight loads as required by the Kansas Department of Transportation but the permit fees are temporarily waived.
Drivers are not permitted to travel during nighttime nor during inclement weather conditions.
EO 12-05 is in effect until May 20, 2012.