SC&RA Updates/Clarifies FMCSA Permit Exemption and Provides Case Study

- Drivers operating on an Oversize/Overweight (OS/OW) permit are exempted from the 30-minute break Hours of Service provision even if a portion of the hours leading up to the break period was driven on a non-permitted move. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said the exemption applies at the point in time when the rest break becomes mandatory and the load is OS/OW under permit.

FMCSA further stated the exemption would not apply to most deadhead (return) trips because the vehicle would generally not be operating under an OS/OW load at the time the break becomes mandatory. Click here for this and additional clarifications that may be found in SC&RA’s revised FMCSA Exemption FAQs as well as the FMCSA required letter that must be carried by drivers.

Success stories from SC&RA members benefiting from the exemption are rolling in.  Regarding the move of an extraordinary large cold box and reflux drum by Edwards Moving & Rigging, Safety Risk Manager Danny Cain says the exemption saved his company and their customer thousands of dollars in time and expense.  Click here to see the complete story.

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