Oregon Timber Haulers Seek Rest Break Exemption

December 09, 2013

By Oliver Patton

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The Oregon Trucking Association is asking for a limited exemption from the 30-minute break requirement for timber haulers in that state.

Oregon lumber mills need regular shipments to stay in business but haulers cannot provide that service at times during the fire season, the association said in a petition to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Environmental restrictions limit the number of trees that can be harvested, and during periods of increased fire risk the state further limits logging operations, OTA said.

The fire season runs from July to October, and at times during that period logging operators are barred from the forests at 1 p.m. If the operators have to leave by then, they need all of the time before then on-duty, with no rest breaks.

The association says that the 30-minute break requirement in the hours-of-service rule makes it impossible for log trucks to supply the mills with the timber they need during fire restriction periods.

Log carriers are willing to restrict their duty day to 12 hours rather than 14, if the break exemption is granted, the association said.

In a notice scheduled to be published Tuesday, the agency asks for comments on the association’s request.






  1. 1. gary bary [ December 09, 2013 @ 01:32PM ]

    In other news, the Good Humor man has petitioned the FMCSA for an exemption from all HOS regs from May thru August of each year.

    Spokesperson Cherry Fudge, speaking for the National Ice Cream Sandwich Association, stated "it's vital to the mental well being of America's youth to have access to frozen dairy treats throughout the hot summer months. The HOS regs seriously hamper our efforts during this critical time period".

  2. 2. Kevin J. Reidy [ December 10, 2013 @ 01:24PM ]

    Where the hell is *my* exemption?

    Are the rules now only for some who cannot come up with whatever cockamamie reason they can think up, or do the rules not apply to truckers who can justify that it might, might cost them money?

    The new rules cost me a run I've been doing for five years and 18K off my gross, where are MY exemptions????

  3. 3. mr.breez [ December 11, 2013 @ 04:46PM ]

    The fmcsa is a joke'what difference does the 30 minute break really make.if they are so concerned about safe drivers how about making sure company's put out drivers that can actually drive.

  4. 4. john [ December 12, 2013 @ 07:36PM ]

    Everyone needs to look at the BIG picture here. These MORONS at FMCSA, are ONLY looking at the generated revenue with these STUPID regulations! The CSA gives MORE POINTS for violation of this dumbass 30 minute break (7), than for a DUI. (4). Big Brother, FMCSA, proves their ignorance, by making it almost a crime to NOT grab your blankey and take a 30 min. nap, as opposed to driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.


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