Companies that operate in the specialized transportation industry are proficient at planning both intrastate and cross country interstate trips daily. However, in spite of effective planning, delays occur that can affect the job when a driver must take a required 30-minute rest break. This burden may put the motoring public at risk by causing oversized loads to be forced to park on road shoulders and exit ramps. Drivers are also required by law to park their OS/OW load for hours, and even days, at state lines/borders while they wait for the next jurisdiction’s OS/OW permit days/hours of operation to allow compliant passage. This regulation can be cumbersome to completing the specialized moves and lifts that the industry needs to be safe and successful.​

Crane and Rigging

On average, Crane Operators spend only one to two hours of on-duty time each trip driving a crane to and from a job site; however, operators have multiple periods of unscheduled breaks when they are basically “at rest” or “on break.” Other examples of situations that could extend the anticipated workday beyond normal operating hours and into the infraction of the 14-hour condition of the HOS regulation include:
  • waiting for the scheduled time of the lift
  • waiting for the item to be rigged
  • waiting for the item to be lifted to arrive on the jobsite
  • jobsite delays extending the time on the site before driving the roadways then traffic delay issues returning to the yard
  • mechanical breakdowns requiring a service technician that’s 2-3 hours of down time waiting on repairs
  • weather delays

SC&RA Working Positions


SC&RA and its members have achieved a five-year exemption (through 2020) from compliance with the 30-minute rest break requirement of the agency’s Hours of Service Rule for OS/OW loads. This working exemption includes many examples of situations that could cause delayed loads based upon the HOS regulation. SC&RA members that conduct OS/OW moves now enjoy financial and time savings because of this exemption.​

Crane and Rigging

SC&RA requested a limited exemption for crane operators from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) HOS regulation (HOS) regulation for commercial drivers. SC&RA specifically requested exemption “on behalf of individuals who operate cranes with a rated lifting capacity of greater than 30 tons, who engage in specialized training and certification.”

As a result of the Crane exemption request - All qualifying motor carriers and drivers operating mobile cranes with a rated lifting capacity of greater than 30 tons are exempt from the 30-minute break provision.

The Agency subsequently denied SC&RA’s further request for exemption from the 14-hour driving window of the HOS rules citing: “The absence of this limit would allow drivers to operate without any restriction on the length of their duty day. The risk that safety would deteriorate in the absence of this requirement is high.”  

Latest Issue Updates

 ATRI Study Highlights Benefits of HOS Flexibility (9/5/2018) 
 The 8/2 Split Sleeper and the Future of Hours Flexibility (7/11/2018) 
 ELD mandate resulting in fewer HOS violations (6/27/2018) 
 New Personal Conveyance Guidance Gives Flexibility to Find Truck Parking (6/6/2018) 
 FMCSA Assigns CSA Severity Weights to ELD Violations (5/16/2018) 
 Truck Drivers Operating Without ELD May Now be Put Out of Service (4/11/2018) 
 ELD Enforcement Starts (4/4/2018) 
 FMCSA Modifies Guidance to Authorize Use of AOBRD Software (3/21/2018) 
 States Eye Bills to Suspend ELD Enforcement; Ask Congress for Mandate Repeal (2/28/2018) 
 OOIDA Leads Charge to Reform Hours of Service (2/21/2018) 
 Regulators Consider Up to One-Year Exemptions for ELD Integration Challenges (2/7/2018) 
 New CVSA bulletin outlines procedures for checking ELDs at roadside (1/31/2018) 
 ATA to support tax reform, sound changes to trade policy (11/1/2017) 
 HOS Exemption Extension Reminder (7/13/2017) 
 SC&RA Produces ELD Information for Members (5/18/2017) 
 ATA Thanks Congress for New Hours-of-Service Restart law (12/15/2016) 
 FMCSA Grants One SC&RA Exemption; Denies Other (11/3/2016) 
 SC&RA posts documents related to FMCSA’s exemption from rest-break rule (3/24/2016) 
 FMCSA extends SC&RA’s limited exemption from HOS rest break requirement (3/11/2016) 
 FMCSA extends SC&RA's limited exemption from HOS rest break requirement (3/10/2016) 
 SC&RA follows up Operating Engineers Agreement with speech at IUOE Meeting (2/18/2016) 
 SC&RA requests exemption for Crane Operators from Hours-of-Service rule (1/7/2016) 
 FTR anticipates improved conditions for truckers in 2016 (1/7/2016) 
 Trucking group takes government to court over electronic logbook mandate (12/29/2015) 
 FMCSA announces final rule on electronic logging devices (12/17/2015) 
 Hours-of-Service study to reach Congress several months later than planned (11/25/2015) 
 Hours of Service tops list of trucking concerns for third straight year (11/12/2015) 
 Specialized Transportation Symposium to emphasize risk management and safety (11/5/2015) 
 Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Restart Study data collection concludes (10/8/2015) 
 SC&RA Updates/Clarifies FMCSA Permit Exemption and Provides Case Study (9/10/2015) 
 Number of Hours-of-Service violations drop from 2011 to 2014 (8/20/2015) 
 GAO calls for improved research standards concerning hours-of-service rule (8/6/2015) 
 FMCSA seeks feedback on proposed changes to Safety Management System (7/2/2015) 
 SC&RA provides follow-up after FMCSA grants limited exemption to HOS rule (6/25/2015) 
 FMCSA grants SC&RA’s request for 30-minute rest break exemption (6/18/2015) 


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