SC&RA posts documents related to FMCSA’s exemption from rest-break rule

- SC&RA has posted four documents related to the recent extension by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) of SC&RA’s limited hours-of-service (HOS) exemption from the 30-minute rest break provision for motor carriers operating under any oversize/overweight (OS/OW) permit in the United States. The exemption, which originally was effective June 18, 2015 and was set to expire on June 18, 2017, is now effective through June 18, 2020. The documents posted by SC&RA should be downloaded and carried by drivers at all times. For those who attempted to download these documents earlier in March, please note that SC&RA has remedied a few technical glitches.

In the original request, SC&RA noted the exemption was needed because of the widely varying regulations for OS/OW permits "within the fifty states, thousands of municipalities, counties, and other government entities." These variations from jurisdiction to jurisdiction frequently involve the duration of the permit, the particular days of the week and the precise hours of the day in which a driver may haul an OS/OW load. SC&RA pointed out that because the hours in which an OS/OW load can travel are restricted by permit requirement, those hours often would conflict with the timing of a required 30-minute rest break.

Click here to download both the original and extension letters from FMCSA, the Federal Register Notice, and answers to Frequently Asked Questions, all of which should be carried by driver at all times.

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