Gasoline outages and lines of cars have been reported in West Volusia as residents stock up in advance of Hurricane Dorian. According to American Automobile Association (AAA), fuel shipments to Florida will continue as long as ports are open, and it is safe to do so.
In order to help keep Florida gas tanks full, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has done the following:
Asked port terminals to remain open as long as possible so trucks can drive in and pickup gasoline.
Waived weight restrictions on tanker trucks - increasing the legal capacity of what each truck can carry, from 8,000 to 9,000 gallons of fuel.
Waived "hours of service" limitations for drivers - increasing their maximum allotted time behind the wheel from 8-14 hours, so deliveries can continue to be made.
Now that Florida is under a State of Emergency, retailers are not allowed raise rates significantly higher than anything they charged in the past month. If they do, the retailer would have to show proof that their price to obtain the fuel increased - whether by higher oil prices, wholesale prices, transportation costs, etc.
To report suspected price gouging, call the Price Gouging Hotline at 1-866-966-7226