FMCSA adds propane to 30-minute break exemption list

Fuel source omitted from list of products included in April decision

Posted November 9, 2018

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) added propane as a specified fuel to a 30-minute break exemption granted to the National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC) and the Massachusetts Motor Transport Association (MMTA).

In April, the NTTC and MMTA applied for — and were granted — an exemption from the 30-minute rest break provision of the hours-of-service (HOS) rules for motor carriers and drivers who operate tank trucks delivering petroleum-based products interstate. The exemption continues through April 10, 2023.

The FMCSA exemption was extended to drivers who transport ethanol, diesel fuel, gasoline, aviation fuel, flammable liquids, and oil. Propane was initially omitted from the list. This action corrects the initial oversight.

The exemption affects about 38,000 vehicles.


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