Western seeks HOS exemption to transport aviation firefighting fuel

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has received an application from Western Pilot Service requesting an exemption from certain hours-of-service provisions of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. The exemption request is for Western’s drivers who transport aviation fuel for aircraft used in wildland firefighting operations.

Western specifically requests an exemption for up to 15 drivers from the HOS prohibition against driving a commercial motor vehicle after the 70th hour of cumulative on-duty time in any 8-day period. FMCSA has requested public comment. To comment, go to www.regulations.gov; the docket number is FMCSA-2011-0084.