AGC Supports HOS Exemption for Asphalt Operations

AGC submitted comments to the Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) in support of a request by the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) to exempt asphalt transport and placement operations from two provisions in the truck driver hours of service (HOS) regulations. One exemption would remove the requirement that asphalt drivers take a 30 minute break during an eight hour driving period. The second exemption would expand to 14 (from 12) the number of hours an asphalt driver, that stays within a 100 mile radius of where they report for work, can drive and still be considered a short haul driver (and thereby subject to less strict rules). AGC, however, recommended that these exemptions apply broadly to asphalt industry drivers and not be limited to NAPA members only. While NAPA’s request asks for the broad exemption, FMCSA proposed to limit the exemptions to NAPA members. AGC also suggested that the rule cover a variety of trucks used in asphalt placement not just hauling trucks.
For more information, contact Brian Deery at [email protected] or (703) 837-5319.

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