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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Gov. Mark Dayton is temporarily easing restrictions on those transporting fuel, ethanol and biodeisel in the state due to the extreme cold weather.

The Emergency Executive Order, which was released on Monday night, allows relief from regulations pertaining to hours of service for truck drivers who are providing direct assistance in emergency relief efforts.

Regulations currently in place restrict the number of hours drivers can work and how much time off-duty they must spend before resuming driving, but due to the weather conditions and a significant need in some parts of the state, the governor decided to modify the restrictions.

Drivers who are in need of rest must be granted it and given at least 10 consecutive off-duty hours as part of the order.

The order will remain in effect for the next 30 days.

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