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FMCSA grants July 4 exemption to American Pyrotechnics Association carriers

Drivers may use paper logs instead of ELDs around July 4 holiday for 2019, 2020

Posted February 20, 2019

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) granted an exemption to the American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) from the hours-of-service (HOS) regulations for a period around the July 4 holiday.

The exemption is effective from June 28 through July 8 for 2019 and 2020. The APA requested the exemption from the HOS 14-hour rule. During that timeframe, APA motor carriers will continue to use paper records of duty status (RODS) in lieu of electronic logging devices (ELDs).

APA requested the exemption because of the potential financial burden placed upon motor carriers to install ELD systems for only a short time during the industry’s limited seasonal delivery period.

The decision impacts 53 motor carriers across the U.S.

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