Bus deliverer seeks freight rules

When the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration changed the hours-of-service regulations in 2003, it did so only for drivers of property-carrying commercial motor vehicles. Bus and motor coach drivers still operate under the rules that have been largely unchanged for more than 65 years.

But suppose your business is to deliver empty buses to their new owners. Isn’t that really a freight operation? That’s what Quality Driveaway thinks. The Goshen, Ind.-based motor carrier, which employs more than 750 drivers delivering vehicles in a driveaway-towaway operation, is asking FMCSA for an exemption to allow its drivers delivering new buses without passengers to be governed by the maximum driving time allowed for drivers of property-carrying vehicles.

For more information, visit http://dms.dot.gov/search and search Docket No. 27123.