The National Asphalt Pavement Association gets two HOS exemptions from the FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) two exemptions from federal hours-of-service regulations.

The NAPA requested the hours-of-service exemptions stating that asphalt pavement mixture is a perishable product that has to be delivered at the right time, at the right temperature, and granting these HOS exemptions would ensure smooth operations.

The associations also maintained that the requested exemptions are very similar to existing exemptions afforded to drivers of ready-mix concrete mixer trucks.

The Vice President for Environment, Health & Safety of NAPA, Dr. Howard Marks said:

“Because drivers of asphalt-related…

TRAA and STC Inc. ask the FMCSA for ELD mandate exemptions
TRAA and STC Inc. ask the FMCSA for ELD mandate exemptions

The FMCSA has received two more ELD mandate exemption requests — one from a group that represents tow truck drivers and the other from a seasonal propane-hauling fleet.

Here are the details of the ELD exemption requests.

Towing and Recovery Association of America (TRAA)

TRAA represents more than 35,000 towing companies across the United States of America.

The group is requesting the FMCSA to grant a five-year ELD mandate exemption. In the exemption request, TRAA mentions that most tow truck drivers fall under the short-haul exemption. However, they do sometimes exceed the short-haul limitation…

Trucking groups and fleets ask for exemptions from the ELD mandate
Trucking groups and fleets ask for exemptions from the ELD mandate

Four more trucking groups and fleets have recently requested the FMCSA for exemptions from the ELD mandate. They have requested for five more years to continue operating without electronic logging devices.

Here are the details for each exemption request.

1. Cudd Energy Services (CES)

CES has demanded an ELD exemption for “specially-trained drivers of commercial motor vehicles specially constructed to service oil wells.” This exemption, if granted, would apply to 1,858 trucks and 939 drivers.

CES falls under the ELD mandate as its drivers don’t qualify for the 100 air-mile short-haul exemption. The CES representatives maintain…

The FMCSA Allows 90-Day ELD Exemption to Ag Haulers
The FMCSA Allows a 90-Day ELD Exemption to Ag Haulers

Agricultural haulers now have until the middle of March next year to comply with the FMCSA’s ELD mandate.

Joe DeLorenzo recently made the announcement during one of his addresses and confirmed that ag haulers are getting a temporary ELD mandate exemption. He also added that they would post a public notice on the Federal Register announcing the extension of the deadline for ag haulers as well as some additional ELD transition guidelines to ensure a smoother transition.

It is important to remember that for the rest of the non-exempt truckers, the compliance deadline is still December 18, 2017.

According to…

The FMCSA Approves Two ELD Mandate Exemptions
The FMCSA Approves Two ELD Mandate Exemptions

Two UPS exemption requests have been approved by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The exemptions will be valid from October 20, 2017, to October 20, 2022, and will now affect all motor carriers — not just the UPS.

Taking into consideration how close the industry is to the ELD’s implementation date — the mandate takes effect on December 18, 2017 — the two exemptions granted by the FMCSA can prove to be helpful to carriers who are transitioning to electronic logging devices (ELDs).

The Exemption Requests Made by UPS to the FMCSA

While the FMCSA ended up…

Specialized Fleet Equipment Seeks ELD Mandate Exemption
Specialized Equipment Fleet Wants Exemption from the ELD Mandate

According to recent news, the Pipe Line Contractors Association (PLCA) and MBI Energy Services, a water service hauling fleet in North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, and Colorado, are seeking exemptions from the ELD mandate.

Both the organizations have filed their cases for a review by the authorities. The FMCSA has opened them for public comments for 30 days.

Let’s discuss each exemption request in more detail:

Exemption Request by the PLCA

The PLCA claims that their drivers usually operate within the short-haul exception. However, sometimes they exceed the short-haul exception for more than…