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Trucker asks FMCSA for ‘permanent’ exemption from HOS due to his record of safe driving

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Another truck driver has requested a personal exemption from Hours of Service (HOS) rules from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

On March 3, the FMCSA published a notice indicating that truck driver John Olier filed an application for exemption from many HOS requirements.

Specifically, Olier asked for exemption from the 11, 14, and 70 hour HOS regulations along with all “mandatory break” periods, including the 10-hour and 30- minute break requirements.

While many similar applications for rule exemption are valid for 5 years, Olier asked for permanent exemption for himself only.  

In his application for exemption, Olier points to his history as a US Army Airborne Ranger and Scout/Sniper. Olier argues that his military training taught him to recognize his body’s warning signs of fatigue and to respond accordingly.

Olier told the FMCSA that he “believes that his safe driving record and experience demonstrate an equivalent level of safety.”

The FMCSA is accepting public comments on the exemption request through April 3, 2023.

You can click here to submit a public comment.

An increasing number of truck drivers have petitioned the FMCSA for personal exemption from various HOS rules over the past year. So far, the FMCSA has denied all of the petitions.

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