Governor Doug Burgum signed an executive order Monday, July 10th, waiving hours of service restrictions for commercial vehicle drivers transporting hay, water and livestock to help livestock producers battling harsh drought conditions.
The order also eases weight limits for those hauling hay and water to support drought-stricken ranchers.
Extreme or severe drought conditions are impacting nearly half of North Dakota after months of below-average precipitation and a recent heat wave.
Livestock producers have been forced to bring in supplemental feed and water supplies from non-drought areas or move their herds to areas where forage and water are more plentiful.
The order will remain in effect until further notice. All road safety and vehicle compliance regulations still apply.