Although the weather is warming up in Wyoming after a polar vortex broke many records across the state, Gov. Mark Gordon on Thursday signed an executive order to help ensure there aren’t any potential propane shortages.
The emergency rule allows suspends regulations on driving hours to allow drivers to meet the increased demand.
That demand has increased, according to the Wyoming Highway Patrol, because of “recent frigid temperatures throughout the state.”
“This order is specific to drivers bringing propane to Wyoming or doing in-state deliveries,” the Wyoming Highway Patrol said. “The order also puts Wyoming in line with other surrounding states, which have implemented similar executive orders.”
“Demand for propane, which many people use to heat their homes, has increased because of recent frigid temperatures throughout the state,” they said.
The order is effective February 17 through March 18.
The emergency rule suspends regulations on driving hours to allow drivers to meet the increased demand but still indicates drivers cannot be on the road when they are fatigued.
The propane delivery companies are specifically asked to take extra precautions to ensure both the public and drivers’ safety.