February 7, 2014 Updated: February 7, 2014 at 9:48 pm
An executive order signed by Gov. Jon Hickenlooper Friday is aimed at combatting the propane shortage Coloradans have been dealing with for the last several weeks.
Prompted by extreme winter weather, the executive order declares a disaster emergency that temporarily allows commercial drivers to haul propane outside of hours-of-service regulations.
"Temperatures in Colorado have dropped below zero for consecutive weeks. The recent extreme winter weather has caused an emergency situation by significantly reducing the availability of propane and impeding the delivery of necessary propane to many areas of Colorado," the governor's executive order reads.
The order will exempt commercial drivers carrying propane from regulations that mandate 10 hours of rest after 11 hours of drive, in addition to the max amount of hours drivers can be on duty before they are required to log 34 hours of off-duty time.