SC&RA provides follow-up after FMCSA grants limited exemption to HOS rule

- The June 18 Federal Register included a notice that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has granted SC&RA’s request for a limited exemption from compliance with the agency’s Hours of Service (HOS) rule for commercial motor vehicle drivers. The exemption enables all specialized carriers and drivers responsible for the transportation of loads that exceed normal weight and dimensional limits—oversize/overweight (OS/OW) loads—and require a permit issued by a government authority, to be exempt from the 30-minute rest break provision in 49 CFR 395.3(a)(3)(ii).

“FMCSA has analyzed the exemption application and the public comments and has determined that the exemption, subject to the terms and conditions imposed, will achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved absent such exemption,” noted the Federal Register summary. The exemption is effective June 18, 2015 and expires on June 18, 2017; however, SC&RA can file for renewal after two years.

Click here to read the notice as it appeared in the Federal Register that MUST be carried by all drivers of OS/OW permitted loads, and click here for a two-page document from SC&RA that includes answers to eight frequently asked questions about the new exemption.

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