Specialized Carriers Seek Exemption from 30-Minute Break Requirement

November 21, 2014

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Specialized carriers that haul oversized or overweight loads are asking for an exemption from the 30-minute rest break provision of the hours of service rules.

The Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for relief from the provision, which says drivers must take a half-hour break in an 8-hour shift.

The group said that compliance is difficult due to the limited periods in which its members are permitted to operate.

These carriers typically must get a special permit to move their loads and the permit often limits the duration or time of day or night of the movement.

Plus, permit practices vary greatly from state to state, and even from local jurisdictions within a state, SCRA told the agency.

The exemption would apply only to carriers that have such a permit.

The group said that often the permitted hours will be in conflict with the timing of the 30-minute rest break.

Drivers of these loads, which on average are up to 16 feet wide and more than 100 feet long, have a hard time finding a parking space to take a break, the group said.

The group also said that the exemption would improve safety by giving drivers a chance to park where their loads will not interfere with traffic.

The agency is publishing a notice and request for comments in Monday’s Federal Register.



  1. 1. Gilbert [ November 24, 2014 @ 05:53AM ]

    I feel your pain oversize companies. That goes to show you that the policy implemented by the FMCSA ONE SIZE FITS ALL, will not work for the trucking industry. ANNE FERRO came in, has caused a mess and is now gone. As much as i understand all the companies trying to get exemptions, i dont agree... Either we are all in or out. What we have to do is come together and change the policy for every one. It is an unrealistic goal to have ZERO fatalities. Every one puts their life on the line when we get behind the wheel. Truck drivers are the most safe drivers on the road and thats a fact. What has happened is that the people like ANNE FERRO decided to harrass all of us not having a clue how this industry works. How is it that a ELOG makes a truck safer on the road? What about all these trucks that are involved in accidents and have ELOGS? CAN ANY POLITICIAN ANSWER THAT QUESTION PLEASE.... And whats so sad is that all those people that harrass us actually benefit from us drivers. Leave the trucking industry alone... We already have so much to worry about. Next time you people pass a truck, start by looking at out License Plate, then look at every other number on the truck...
    Each number cost money and serves a different purpose for some state or federal agency some where in the USA...

  2. 2. tedra ortega [ November 24, 2014 @ 06:36AM ]

    As a previous front car escort for oversize loads this is a legitment problem. There are not always places to just pull over anywhere to just "take a break". Especially on a long run we need every minute of daylight because of the restrictions for the loads. I don't believe this 30 minute requirement makes a difference on accidents. I feel this needs to be an exception and would be much appreciated to all the people involved in getting oversized loads to their destination.

  3. 3. Paul Goldstein [ November 24, 2014 @ 09:57AM ]

    Especially with winter and the short days ahead, we need every minute of usable travel time with oversized cargo. Some states will not allow night travel and with the curfews on hours in metropolitan areas, our travel time is restricted enough without giving up 30 minutes for a break, let alone trying to find a safe place to park. Between all the rules we have, the 34 hour restart restrictions, the coming e-logs, emission standards, bit inspections, fuel costs, enforcement worries, as an owner/driver, I thing government should be looking at ways to REDUCE restrictions, not add more. Maybe a less stressed out driver would be a safer driver....and isn't that supposed to be what it's all about?

  4. 4. Steven Foster [ November 28, 2014 @ 01:41PM ]

    Again a story that proves the FED is out of touch with the people, Industries and States they are trying to regulate. Can't we as a Nation find staffing that is versed in the field they are working....?


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