Haulers of certain hazmat loads granted HOS exemption

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Updated Aug 21, 2015

Cdl 9The American Trucking Associations was granted an exemption request it made in May that would grant haulers of hazardous materials an exemption from the 30-minute break required by FMCSA hours-of-service regulations.

The exemption will apply to motor carriers and their drivers that transport certain hazmat loads that require security plans, which normally require a driver to “attend” to the cargo while the truck is stopped. This is considered an on-duty activity.

Exempt drivers may now count their on-duty attendance of the hazmat cargo toward the required 30-minute break as long as they perform no other on-duty activities during this time.

The exemption will be effective for two years through Aug. 21, 2017.