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HOS exemptions granted to fireworks transporters

The FMCSA said drivers who operate CMVs in conjunction with staging fireworks shows celebrating Independence Day will be allowed to exclude off-duty and sleeper-berth time of any length from the calculation of the 14 hours.

The Trucker News Services

6/27/2013

WASHINGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is granting an exemption to the 55 member companies of the American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) from FMCSA’s regulation prohibiting drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) from driving after the 14th hour after coming on duty effective for periods around the 4th of July for the next two years.

The exemption is applicable during the periods of June 28-July 8, 2013, and June 28-July 8, 2014, inclusive. The requested renewal of the exemption for one motor carrier is being denied.

The FMCSA said drivers who operate CMVs in conjunction with staging fireworks shows celebrating Independence Day will be allowed to exclude off-duty and sleeper-berth time of any length from the calculation of the 14 hours.

These drivers will continue to be subject to a prohibition from driving after accumulating 14 hours on duty, the 11-hour driving time limit, and the 60-and 70-hour limits.

The FMCSA said it believes that with the terms and conditions in place, APA member motor carriers will maintain a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety that would be obtained by complying with the regulation.

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