FMCSA grants 30-minute rest exemption

Another 290 drivers can log breaks as “on duty

Posted October 6, 2015

On October 2, 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) granted a two-year exemption to interstate drivers for R&R Transportation Group who haul materials that need constant attention, such as pharmaceuticals, ammunition, and radioactive materials.

Similar to drivers who haul certain types of explosives, the R&R drivers will be able to remain in attendance of their cargo and be “on duty” while getting their 30-minute rest breaks to comply with federal hours-of-service rules. Since July 2013, those rules have required most drivers of property-carrying commercial vehicles to get at least 30 minutes “off duty” in order to continue driving after the eighth hour of the workday.

When using the exemption, the R&R drivers may not perform any work during their on-duty breaks other than attending to their loads, and must note the breaks on their logs. Similar exemptions are in effect for certain drivers transporting security-sensitive radioactive materials, weapons, munitions, and oversize/overweight loads.

R&R operates three for-hire motor carriers that transport property in interstate commerce. The company says its federal contracts often require its drivers to maintain constant surveillance of the vehicle.


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