Concrete association requests exemption from HOS requirement

| Wednesday, July 19, 2006

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association requested a two-year exemption from a document reporting requirement of the hours-of-service regulations.

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 800 drivers.

FMCSA officials are seeking comments on the petition. The comment deadline is Aug. 17. Comments do not have to be signed and can be submitted anonymously.

All submissions must include the agency name and docket number, FMCSA-2005-23459. To submit your completed comments, you can:

                  Docket Management Facility
                  U.S. Department of Transportation
                  400 Seventh St. SW
                  Nassif Building Room PL-401
                  Washington, DC 20590-0001.

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