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Drivers transporting ready-mix concrete granted two HOS exemptions

30-minute break and short-haul exception affected

Posted February 8, 2019

Two hours-of-service (HOS) exemptions were granted to drivers transporting ready-mixed concrete and related materials and equipment in vehicles (other than those outfitted with rotating mixer drums).

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) approved the American Concrete Pavement Association, Inc. exemption application for the following HOS requirements:

  • 30-minute rest break provision. The exemption enables these drivers to use 30 minutes or more of on-duty “waiting time” to satisfy the requirement for the 30-minute rest break, provided they do not perform any other work during the break.
  • Specific criteria in the short-haul exception. The exemption allows these drivers to use the short-haul exception but return to their work-reporting location within 14 hours instead of the usual 12 hours.

The exemption is valid February 6, 2019, through February 6, 2024.

Drivers who wish to use the exemption must:

  • Have a copy of the FMCSA Federal Register notice from February 6, 2019, or equivalent signed FMCSA exemption document in their possession; and
  • Present the document to law enforcement officials upon request.

In addition, exempt motor carriers must notify FMCSA within five business days of any FMCSA accident (as defined in 49 CFR 390.5) involving any of its CMVs operating under the terms of the exemptions.

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