Drivers delivering heating fuel in Pennsylvania will be able to work longer hours through the end of the month.

The state's Department of Transportation has waived some restrictions on commercial drivers in an effort to help ensure prompt delivery of heating oil and propane gas to homes and businesses.

Leslie Richards, the agency's acting secretary, says an emergency declaration by Governor Tom Wolf allows Pennsylvania transportation regulators to grant the temporary waiver.

Richards says the action means drivers will "have more time to reach the customers who need these supplies."

Drivers will be allowed to operate for up to fourteen hours before taking a rest break. The normal hours of federal service limitations require a rest period after eleven hours behind the wheel.

The Pennsylvania waiver is scheduled to run through February 28.

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