FMCSA this week announced extended exemptions for the Oregon Trucking Association.
The FMCSA extended the expiration date of the exemption from March 18, 2017 to March 18, 2020.
According to the FMCSA’s Federal Register, the exemption is in response to the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST Act), section 5206(b)(2)(A). The section extends the expiration date of HOS exemption “in effect on the date of the enactment of the FAST Act to 5 years from the date of issuance of the exemptions.”
The FMCSA states that the OTA’s exemption from the 30-minute rest break requirement is limited to CMV drivers who are transporting timber from Oregon forestlands, and is limited to periods of the year “in which the Oregon Department of Forestry has formally restricted logging operations to certain hours of the day due to an elevated risk of forest fire.”
“The Agency previously determined that the CMV operations of OTA timber transporters under this exemption would likely achieve a level of safety equivalent to or greater than the level of safety that would be obtained in the absence of the exemption,” the FMCSA concluded.