Movers Seek Exemption from 14-Hour Limit

November 18, 2014

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A group of moving companies is asking for an exemption from the 14-hour limitation in the hours of service rules.

The International Association of Movers, a global trade association representing van lines and others, asked the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to let drivers work after the 14th hour in certain circumstances.

The exemption would apply only when a driver needs to move the truck to a safe overnight parking place following unavoidable delays in the day’s work.

The rules prohibit drivers from driving after the 14th hour on duty following 10 hours off. The exemption would permit driving up to 75 miles or 90 minutes after the 14-hour period, and could only be used after the driver notified the carrier.

IAM is looking for an exemption not just for its members but all household goods movers. It told the agency that the moving sector has unique operating characteristics because customers often change plans and the driver must accommodate those changes.

This does not happen often, but when it does the driver is faced with two choices: either stop the loading or unloading in order to move the truck within the 14-hour limit, or finish the work and leave the truck where it is for the mandatory 10-hour break.

IAM told the agency that the exemption is akin to the HOS provision that gives short-haul carriers an increased driving window once a week.

The agency is looking for comments on the petition, which is scheduled for publication in Wednesday’s Federal Register.


  1. 1. gil [ November 19, 2014 @ 06:02AM ]

    The fact that a carrier is under a difficult situation is understandable as i go through that myself almost daily, how ever that request should apply to every one as we have the same needs. If the FMCSA is going to start giving certain exemptions to certain carries then it will certainly be bias. It is suppose to be uniform, one size fits all as the federal government wants it. Please dont get me wrong, im against every thing that anne ferro put in place, destroying our industry not realizing that she too will be affected by her own policies. How ever, we all need to move in the right direction and apply pressure to this liberal government that has NO clue as to how the industry works. To all people that stand behind a podium with deep pockets and talk about what is best for us drivers i tell you this; if you really want to know what we go through, pack your bags and jump in a truck for six months and hit the road... I GUARANTEE YOU that you will have a complete different out look of how to proceed with

  2. 2. David [ November 19, 2014 @ 01:12PM ]

    What is the difference from a flat bed carrier? Drivers wait time to unload or load is at the shipper and receiver on time. The hours of service need to go back to the 8, 10 rule and leave in the 34 hour reset , this would help all sections of the trucking.

  3. 3. Tim Laskowski [ November 19, 2014 @ 04:21PM ]

    Thanks Gil Couldn't have said better. But you know as well as I do nobody is going to pack there bags for two nites or two months to experience what we do and what we do to make it legal in there eyes.


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