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HOS Rules Suspended For Emergency Supply Carriers

If you’ve been to the Northeast in the past few days, you’ve probably seen whole towns without power, buried under the 40 inches of snow brought by winter storm Nemo. While repairs are well under way, some families are still without power, and emergency supplies are being hauled in to help get homes repaired and heat back up and running.

The good news is that relief is getting to the people that need it as quickly as possible. The FMCSA has temporarily suspended HOS rules for drivers carrying emergency supplies, specifically fuels like propane, natural gas, and gasoline. The states that have received waivers are New York, Maine, and New Jersey.

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DOE Asks for HOS Break Rules Exemption

Department of Energy Seal Gamino and AssociatesThe U.S. Department of Energy is requesting an exemption from the 30-minute rest break provision of the hours-of-service regulations.

The exemption would enable DOE’s contract motor carriers and their employee-drivers that transport security-sensitive radioactive materials to be treated similarly to drivers of shipments of explosives.

The exempted drivers would be allowed to use 30 minutes or more of attendance time to meet the HOS rest break requirements providing they do not perform any other work during the break.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is asking for public comments on this request. Comments must be received on or before February 13, 2013.

The Docket No. os FMCSA-2012-0370. You can submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov.
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DOT: Trucks Hauling Sand, Water for Fracking Not Exempt from HOS Rules

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Truck drivers hauling water and sand to U.S. oil and natural gas shale drilling sites don’t qualify for a special oil-field service equipment exemption to extend their daily driving hours.

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