Federal regulators are considering a limited exemption for two narrow categories of truckers from the new federal hours-of-service provision that requires most truck drivers to take a half-hour rest break during long shifts.
Truckers carrying live animals and those carrying sensitive cargo for the U.S. military would be exempted for two years, if FMCSA grants petitions.
If FMCSA grants the exemptions, livestock haulers would not have to take the breaks at all, while drivers for carriers contracted with the military would be allowed to watch their loads during the breaks, if the load is assigned to a two-driver team.
Both groups of drivers are currently exempt from the break requirement, thanks to waivers FMCSA granted in July in response to petitions. The livestock waiver, requested by the National Pork Producers Council, expires Sept. 9 (7-15, p. 5), while the military one, requested by the U.S. Army’s Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command…
By Timothy Cama, Staff Reporter for TT