U.S. Postal Service is asking FMCSA to turn back the clock and allow truckers
contracted to haul mail interstate work under an older version of the hours of
light of the request, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration opened a
notice of application and request for comments.
Postal Service requests that some of its contract motor carriers be allowed to
operate under the HOS rules in effect before Jan. 4, 2004. According to the
Federal Register filing by FMCSA, the Postal Service believes the exemption
would likely achieve a level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the
level achieved under the HOS rules implemented after Jan. 4, 2004.
performed by federal, state or local government is exempt from requirements
under 49 CFR parts 390 through 399, including all HOS, according to the Federal
Register. And because the Postal Service is an independent agency of the
executive branch of the
government, transportation performed by USPS qualifies for the exemption, the
any motor carrier contracted by USPS to transport its mail interstate – but
retains full responsibility for its trucks, making it so the transportation is
not considered to be performed by the Postal Service – remains subject to 49
CFR parts 300–399, including the HOS rules.
The petition requests
the exemption from the
current HOS regs, allowing some of these motor carriers and drivers to operate
under those HOS rules in effect before Jan. 4, 2004.
requests the exemption apply to an unspecified number of motor carriers
operating under approximately 5,100 separate contracts.The HOS limits
requested under the exemption for such drivers would be the same as current HOS
limits for drivers of passenger-carrying vehicles.
Comments on the
Postal Service’s request for exemption will be accepted through Dec. 16.
All comments should indicate FMCSA-2005-22660. To submit your comments – and the comments can be submitted anonymously – you can:
- Fax them to:
(202) 493-2251; or
- Mail to:
Docket Management Facility,
Department of Transportation,
Seventh St. SW
, Nassif Building Room PL-401,