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Wyoming governor lifts trucker rules to boost fuel delivery

July 21, 2021 GMT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s governor is allowing truck drivers to work longer hours while they deliver fuel that might be needed for firefighting aircraft.

So far this summer, Wyoming hasn’t had significant fuel shortages or major wildfires. Gov. Mark Gordon’s office described Tuesday’s executive order as a preemptive measure due to high fuel demand amid record tourism and firefighting efforts elsewhere.

“Part of the reason he signed the executive order was really to make sure that it wasn’t a transportation hiccup that was preventing fuel from making it to its destination,” Gordon spokesman Michael Pearlman told the Casper Star-Tribune.

Other Western governors including South Dakota’s Kristi Noem have signed similar orders.

Government rules usually limit truck drivers’ road hours to prevent fatigue-related accidents. The Wyoming order still prohibits truck drivers from driving when tired.