AUGUSTA – Republican Gov. Paul LePage has signed an emergency proclamation that will allow heating oil delivery trucks to stay on the road longer.

The proclamation is aimed at ensuring that Mainers can get heating oil delivered to their homes and stay warm while the temperatures plunge. It waives several federal requirements, such as the rule limiting drivers to 11 hours behind the wheel.

The order went into effect on Friday and will remain in place for 10 days or until LePage declares that the emergency is over.

The governor says that even though drivers will be able to spend more time on the roads, they need to make sure they’re staying safe.