On June 24, 2020 (85 FR 38016), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a notice in the federal register announcing its decision to renew the exemption from the minimum 30-minute rest break provision of the Agency’s hours-of-service (HOS) regulations requested by the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) for certain commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. The exemption covers drivers for all specialized carriers transporting loads that exceed normal weight and dimensional limits “oversize/overweight (OS/OW) loads” and require a permit issued by a government authority. FMCSA has analyzed the exemption application and the public comments and has determined that the exemption, subject to the terms and conditions imposed, will likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved absent such exemption. The exemption is applicable from June 18, 2020 through June 17, 2025.
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