FMCSA Grants Extension of the 30 Minute Rest Break Exemption for Operators of Mobile Cranes

- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has granted SC&RA a limited waiver while the Agency completes its exemption application process for qualifying motor carriers and drivers operating mobile cranes with a rated lifting capacity of greater than 30 tons, previously covered by an exemption granted on November 1, 2016.

This waiver from the requirements of 49 CFR 395.3(a)(3)(ii) (Rest Breaks) is approved for the period from 12:01 a.m. on November 1,2018, through 11:59 p.m. on January 30, 2019.

This waiver is restricted to all motor carriers and drivers operating mobile cranes with a rated lifting capacity of greater than 30 tons. They do not need to be members of SC&RA. The lifting capacity of the crane must be displayed on a manufacturer's certification plate on the crane or in manufacturer's documentations carried on the vehicle. This waiver is limited strictly to the provisions of 49 CFR 395.3(a)(3)(ii) (30-minute break rule). These drivers will not be required to take a 30-minute break. These drivers must comply with all other applicable provisions of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs).

The FMCSA determined that granting this waiver was in the public interest, and that the waiver is likely to achieve a level of safety equivalent to the level of safety that would be obtained in the absence of the waiver.  For more information, contact Beth O’Quinn.

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