The U.S. Department of Energy is requesting an exemption from the 30-minute rest break provision of the hours-of-service regulations.
The exemption would enable DOE's contract motor carriers and their employee-drivers that transport security-sensitive radioactive materials to be treated similarly to drivers of shipments of explosives.
The exempted drivers would be allowed to use 30 minutes or more of attendance time to meet the HOS rest break requirements providing they do not perform any other work during the break.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is asking for public comments on this request. Comments must be received on or before February 13, 2013.
The Docket No. os FMCSA-2012-0370. You can submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov.