FMCSA seeks comment on HOS exemptions for pyrotechnics haulers

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is requesting public comment on the impact of the agency’s previous decision granting certain members of the American Pyrotechnics Association an exemption from the current hours-of-service prohibition against driving a commercial motor vehicle after the 14th hour of coming on duty, provided their drivers did not operate CMVs after accumulating 14 hours on duty.

The exemption covers certain pyrotechnics carriers and drivers for a period that begins seven days prior to Independence Day and ends two days immediately following that holiday. FMCSA initially granted a waiver from the 14-hour provision in 2004, and granted an exemption from the 14-hour provision in 2005 with subsequent renewals in 2007 and 2009.

FMCSA requests public comment on the safety impact of the exemption during the Independence Day periods of 2004 through 2010. To comment, go to www.regulations.gov; the docket number is FMCSA-2007-28043.