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FMCSA Grants Rest-Break Exemption to Defense Carriers

October 28, 2013

By Oliver Patton

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration granted a rest-break exemption from the hours-of-service rules to carriers serving the Department of Defense.

The agency said that carriers serving the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command are exempted from the 30-minute break requirement. The exemption began Oct. 22 and lasts until Oct. 21, 2015.

This gives contract carriers that haul weapons, munitions and classified cargo the same flexibility that explosives haulers have, the agency said.

The exempted drivers may use 30 minutes or more of attendance time to meet hours-of-service rest break requirements, as long as they don’t do any other work during the break, the agency said.

In a related development, the agency published formal notice of its earlier decision to exempt short-haul operations from the 30-minute break requirement.

 

Comments

  1. 1. gary bary [ October 28, 2013 @ 12:59PM ]

    In other news:

    FMCSA Administrator Ann Ferro personally exempts all donut delivery drivers from 30 minute break. Ms. Ferro declared "these delicious pastry products are vital to the countries well being. It would be a shame to see hundreds of HOT NOW signs suddenly go dark due to a silly regulation". Law enforcement groups and the powerful donut lobby in DC applauded Ms. Ferro's bold decision.

  2. 2. lisa lahey [ October 29, 2013 @ 05:09AM ]

    I thought the 30 minute break was foror safety issues.
    Why than carriers haullng exploves and ammunition be exempt.
    In my opinion they should through out the 30 minute
    Break and let us stop when we need to.
    Where does common sense prevail here.

  3. 3. Paleto [ October 29, 2013 @ 05:37AM ]

    Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

    --George Santayana

  4. 4. CO [ October 29, 2013 @ 06:19AM ]

    Once a host of exemptions are granted in regards to a law, the law becomes a joke. This half hour break rule is the brain child of people who never drove for a living and have no idea what they are talking about in terms of the Transportation industry.

  5. 5. Nick [ October 29, 2013 @ 06:27AM ]

    Just another example of how its NOT ABOUT SAFETY Its about making the public think they are doing something to justify their work...All they do is restrict good safe companies and make it harder on us carriers. FMCSA FRAUDS!!!

  6. 6. Nick justice [ October 29, 2013 @ 06:27AM ]

    Just another example of how its NOT ABOUT SAFETY Its about making the public think they are doing something to justify their work...All they do is restrict good safe companies and make it harder on us carriers. FMCSA FRAUDS!!!

  7. 7. Valentine [ October 29, 2013 @ 09:24AM ]

    How are we different from exempt drivers? I don't haul explosives. They need 30 min break, I don't.

  8. 8. redneck [ October 31, 2013 @ 04:46AM ]

    Once again the government do what i say not as i do!!!!!!!!!! When are the drivers of this nation going to stand together and do something???????? So far ATA doesn't seem to do much Oieda says dont strike its not the right way to do things well when are they going to do something. Guess we just let the government walk all over us and bitch while they do it.

 

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