The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association requested a two-year
exemption from a document reporting requirement of the hours-of-service
The group made the request because of the rebuilding efforts
in the areas affected by hurricanes in 2005.
The organization is seeking an exemption from the portion of
the regulation requiring drivers to prepare records of duty status. Currently,
drivers who operate within a 100 air-mile radius of their normal work reporting
location and return to that location within 12 hours are not required to keep
the records of duty status.
The requested exemption would apply to ready-mixed concrete drivers
who return to the work reporting location and are released from work within 14
hours. The exemption would also be good only for concrete drivers who deliver
materials in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
In its petition for the exemption, the group proposed that
drivers who return to the work reporting location within 14 hours be required
to complete an alternative time record that includes: the driver’s name, the
date, start time, stop time, total hours worked daily, total hours for the
week, normal work reporting location and the driver’s signature.
The group estimates the exemption will impact approximately
FMCSA officials are seeking comments on the petition. The
comment deadline is Aug. 17. Comments do not have to be signed and can be
All submissions must include the agency name and docket
number, FMCSA-2005-23459. To submit your completed comments, you can:
U.S. Department of Transportation
400 Seventh St. SW
Nassif Building Room PL-401
Washington, DC 20590-0001.