Hours of Service of Drivers: Wolfe House Movers, LLC and Wolfe House Movers of Indiana, LLC; Application for Exemption, 52872-52873 [2018-22707]

Download as PDF 52872 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 202 / Thursday, October 18, 2018 / Notices for critical vehicle validation. Furthermore, the device causes the logger to suspend all message transmissions in error. As a result of its detailed investigations on this matter, FCA has concluded that utilizing paper records of duty status (RODS) and/or another HOS compliance application besides an ELD is the most effective and accurate method of measuring and reporting HOS that is compatible with its data loggers. FCA further includes a number of exhibits which demonstrate the problems described in the application when utilizing ELDs. The Company also includes HOS and other general compliance forms currently used to remain in compliance with the appropriate Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. khammond on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES IV. Method To Ensure an Equivalent or Greater Level of Safety According to FCA, the granting of this exemption will have no negative impact on public safety or compliance with the HOS regulations. FCA takes the safety of its employees and the general public seriously. All product development offsite road trips are planned months in advance, and the participants, details of the testing protocol, routing and choice of lodgings are selected to maintain HOS compliance. Its employees have been using paper RODS to record HOS for the past five years. FCA utilizes print and on-line training tools to instruct its employees in CMV Driver Basics; Compliance, Safety, Accountability Know the Basics; Driver Vehicle and Road Side Inspections; and HOS Driver Training. FCA further recognizes that employees rotate annually between vehicle platforms and therefore conducts several safe driving workshops annually at its facilities to introduce and reinforce the following: Preparing to drive a CMV and driver fatigue; the basics of vehicle handling and safe braking with and without a trailer; truck-trailer backing skills including backing up an inclined road and parking; downhill braking techniques with ballasted trailers; and demonstration of proper truck/trailer connections (conventional, fifth wheel and gooseneck). All FCA attendees will have an opportunity to practice driving, parking and safe backing skills. FCA requests a two-year exemption from the ELD requirements in 49 CFR part 395 subpart B. A copy of FCA’s application for exemption is available for review in the docket for this notice. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:28 Oct 17, 2018 Jkt 247001 Issued on: October 12, 2018. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2018–22701 Filed 10–17–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2018–0235] Hours of Service of Drivers: Wolfe House Movers, LLC and Wolfe House Movers of Indiana, LLC; Application for Exemption Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of application for exemption; request for comments. AGENCY: FMCSA announces that it has received a joint application from Wolfe House Movers, LLC and Wolfe House Movers of Indiana, LLC (Wolfe) requesting an exemption from the hours-of-service (HOS) regulations for drivers operating commercial motor vehicles (CMV) that transport steel beams and dollies to and from various job sites for lifting and moving buildings. Wolfe requests an exemption to use the 70-hour/8-day rule for its CMV operations although the company does not operate CMVs 7 days a week. FMCSA requests public comment on this application for exemption. DATES: Comments must be received on or before November 19, 2018. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by Federal Docket Management System Number FMCSA– 2018–0235 by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov. See the Public Participation and Request for Comments section below for further information. • Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12– 140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. E.T., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. • Fax: 1–202–493–2251. Each submission must include the Agency name and the docket number for this notice. Note that DOT posts all comments received without change to www.regulations.gov, including any personal information included in a comment. Please see the Privacy Act heading below. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments, go to www.regulations.gov at any time or visit Room W12–140 on the ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The on-line FDMS is available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. Privacy Act: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL–14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at www.dot.gov/privacy. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information concerning this notice, please contact Ms. Pearlie Robinson, FMCSA Driver and Carrier Operations Division; Telephone: (202) 366–4225; Email: MCPSD@dot.gov. If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, contact Docket Services, telephone (202) 366–9826. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Public Participation and Request for Comments FMCSA encourages you to participate by submitting comments and related materials. Submitting Comments If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this notice (FMCSA–2018–0235), indicate the specific section of this document to which the comment applies, and provide a reason for suggestions or recommendations. You may submit your comments and material online or by fax, mail, or hand delivery, but please use only one of these means. FMCSA recommends that you include your name and a mailing address, an email address, or a phone number in the body of your document so the Agency can contact you if it has questions regarding your submission. To submit your comment online, go to www.regulations.gov and put the docket number, ‘‘FMCSA–2018–0235’’ in the ‘‘Keyword’’ box, and click ‘‘Search.’’ When the new screen appears, click on ‘‘Comment Now!’’ button and type your comment into the text box in the following screen. Choose whether you are submitting your comment as an individual or on behalf of a third party and then submit. If you submit your comments by mail or hand delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no larger than 81⁄2 by 11 inches, suitable for E:\FR\FM\18OCN1.SGM 18OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 202 / Thursday, October 18, 2018 / Notices copying and electronic filing. If you submit comments by mail and would like to know that they reached the facility, please enclose a stamped, selfaddressed postcard or envelope. FMCSA will consider all comments and material received during the comment period and may grant or not grant this application based on your comments. khammond on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES II. Legal Basis FMCSA has authority under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315 to grant exemptions from certain Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). FMCSA must publish a notice of each exemption request in the Federal Register (49 CFR 381.315(a)). The Agency must provide the public an opportunity to inspect the information relevant to the application, including any safety analyses that have been conducted. The Agency must also provide an opportunity for public comment on the request. The Agency reviews safety analyses and public comments submitted, and determines whether granting the exemption would likely achieve a level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved by the current regulation (49 CFR 381.305). The decision of the Agency must be published in the Federal Register (49 CFR 381.315(b)) with the reasons for denying or granting the application and, if granted, the name of the person or class of persons receiving the exemption, and the regulatory provision from which the exemption is granted. The notice must also specify the effective period (up to 5 years) and explain the terms and conditions of the exemption. The exemption may be renewed (49 CFR 381.300(b)). III. Request for Exemption Wolfe House Movers, LLC (USDOT 1279267), and Wolfe House Movers of Indiana, LLC (USDOT 1679025) (Wolfe) seek an exemption from the HOS requirements of 49 CFR 395.3(b)(1) which prohibits a motor carrier from permitting or requiring a driver to drive a property-carrying CMV after the driver has been on duty 60 hours within a period of 7 consecutive days if the employing motor carrier does not operate CMVs every day of the week. Wolfe does not operate CMVs every day of the week and is prohibited from using the 70-hour/8-day rule in 49 CFR 395.3(b)(2) for its business operations. According to Wolfe, its primary line of business is lifting and moving buildings. Drivers employed by Wolfe transport steel beams and dollies to and from various jobsites where work is performed. Wolfe advises that its owners believe that Sunday is a day of VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:28 Oct 17, 2018 Jkt 247001 rest and worship and refuse any business opportunities that would require Sunday work. Because Wolfe does not conduct business on Sunday, its commericial business operations are subject to the 60-hours-in-7-day rule set forth in 49 CFR 395.3(b)(1). Due to the geographical spread of its operations, Wolfe asserts that the 60 hour limitation is a substantial burden. Wolfe explained in its application that the company attempts to schedule work so that all crews can be at their home terminal before the 60th on-duty hour of the week. However, weather, traffic, or jobsite conditions sometimes delay completion of projects causing crews to be stranded one or two hours’ drive from the home terminal. When delays occur relief drivers are sent in noncommercial vehicles to pick up stranded drivers so that the drivers who have run out of hours can drive back to the home terminal using the non-commercial vehicles while the relief drivers return the CMVs to the terminal. Wolfe reports that it is a small company and it is difficult to have relief drivers available on short notice and it is unproductive and costly for the company. Wolfe asserts that the stress and pressure associated with approaching the 60-hour cut-off is likely to have a detrimental effect on the safety performance of even well-trained and well-qualified drivers. According to Wolfe, allowing it to use the 70-hour/8-day HOS ruleset for all drivers not operating CMVs on Sundays would provide the following significant safety benefits: • The need for relief drivers would be significantly reduced or completely eliminated. This would result in fewer on-road miles driven (by eliminating the need for a relief driver to drive up to 100 miles out to pick up the CMV and for the regular driver to drive the nonCMV back the same 100 miles). This would also mean that the CMV would continue to be driven by the driver most familiar with it, rather than a part-time driver. • Drivers would be less stressed, knowing that they have sufficient time to complete their weekly schedule even if they are delayed by heavy traffic, weather conditions, etc. A copy of Wolfe’ss application for exemption is available for review in the docket for this notice. Issued on: October 12, 2018. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2018–22707 Filed 10–17–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P PO 00000 Frm 00074 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 52873 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2018–0302] Hours of Service of Drivers: Transco, Inc.; Application for Exemption Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of application for exemption; request for comments. AGENCY: FMCSA announces that it has received an application from Transco, Inc. (Transco) for an exemption from the 30-minute rest break provision of the Agency’s hours-of-service (HOS) regulations for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. Transco requests that its drivers be permitted to comply with the 30-minute rest break requirement while performing on-duty, not-driving tasks. The requested exemption would apply to all Transco drivers in its grocery and food service divisions who make wholesale deliveries to grocery and convenience stores. Transco believes that the exemption, if granted, will achieve a level of safety equivalent to the level that would be achieved absent the exemption. FMCSA requests public comment on Transco’s application for exemption. SUMMARY: Comments must be received on or before November 19, 2018. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Number FMCSA–2018–0302 by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov. See the Public Participation and Request for Comments section below for further information. • Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12– 140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. E.T., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. • Fax: 1–202–493–2251. Each submission must include the Agency name and the docket number for this notice. Note that DOT posts all comments received without change to www.regulations.gov, including any personal information included in a comment. Please see the Privacy Act heading below. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or DATES: E:\FR\FM\18OCN1.SGM 18OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION



Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration



[Docket No. FMCSA-2018-0235]




Hours of Service of Drivers: Wolfe House Movers, LLC and Wolfe 

House Movers of Indiana, LLC; Application for Exemption



AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.



ACTION: Notice of application for exemption; request for comments.



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SUMMARY: FMCSA announces that it has received a joint application from 

Wolfe House Movers, LLC and Wolfe House Movers of Indiana, LLC (Wolfe) 

requesting an exemption from the hours-of-service (HOS) regulations for 

drivers operating commercial motor vehicles (CMV) that transport steel 

beams and dollies to and from various job sites for lifting and moving 

buildings. Wolfe requests an exemption to use the 70-hour/8-day rule 

for its CMV operations although the company does not operate CMVs 7 

days a week. FMCSA requests public comment on this application for 

exemption.



DATES: Comments must be received on or before November 19, 2018.



ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by Federal Docket 

Management System Number FMCSA-2018-0235 by any of the following 

methods:

     Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov. See the 

Public Participation and Request for Comments section below for further 

information.

     Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of 

Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building, Ground Floor, 

Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.

     Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building, Ground Floor, 

Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

E.T., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

     Fax: 1-202-493-2251.

    Each submission must include the Agency name and the docket number 

for this notice. Note that DOT posts all comments received without 

change to www.regulations.gov, including any personal information 

included in a comment. Please see the Privacy Act heading below.

    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 

comments, go to www.regulations.gov at any time or visit Room W12-140 

on the ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, 

Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, 

except Federal holidays. The on-line FDMS is available 24 hours each 

day, 365 days each year.

    Privacy Act: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits 

comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT 

posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information 

the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the 

system of records notice (DOT/ALL-14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at 

www.dot.gov/privacy.



FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information concerning this 

notice, please contact Ms. Pearlie Robinson, FMCSA Driver and Carrier 

Operations Division; Telephone: (202) 366-4225; Email: [email protected]. 

If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, 

contact Docket Services, telephone (202) 366-9826.



SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 



I. Public Participation and Request for Comments



    FMCSA encourages you to participate by submitting comments and 

related materials.



Submitting Comments



    If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this 

notice (FMCSA-2018-0235), indicate the specific section of this 

document to which the comment applies, and provide a reason for 

suggestions or recommendations. You may submit your comments and 

material online or by fax, mail, or hand delivery, but please use only 

one of these means. FMCSA recommends that you include your name and a 

mailing address, an email address, or a phone number in the body of 

your document so the Agency can contact you if it has questions 

regarding your submission.

    To submit your comment online, go to www.regulations.gov and put 

the docket number, ``FMCSA-2018-0235'' in the ``Keyword'' box, and 

click ``Search.'' When the new screen appears, click on ``Comment 

Now!'' button and type your comment into the text box in the following 

screen. Choose whether you are submitting your comment as an individual 

or on behalf of a third party and then submit. If you submit your 

comments by mail or hand delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no 

larger than 8\1/2\ by 11 inches, suitable for



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copying and electronic filing. If you submit comments by mail and would 

like to know that they reached the facility, please enclose a stamped, 

self-addressed postcard or envelope. FMCSA will consider all comments 

and material received during the comment period and may grant or not 

grant this application based on your comments.



II. Legal Basis



    FMCSA has authority under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315 to grant 

exemptions from certain Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations 

(FMCSRs). FMCSA must publish a notice of each exemption request in the 

Federal Register (49 CFR 381.315(a)). The Agency must provide the 

public an opportunity to inspect the information relevant to the 

application, including any safety analyses that have been conducted. 

The Agency must also provide an opportunity for public comment on the 

request.

    The Agency reviews safety analyses and public comments submitted, 

and determines whether granting the exemption would likely achieve a 

level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be 

achieved by the current regulation (49 CFR 381.305). The decision of 

the Agency must be published in the Federal Register (49 CFR 

381.315(b)) with the reasons for denying or granting the application 

and, if granted, the name of the person or class of persons receiving 

the exemption, and the regulatory provision from which the exemption is 

granted. The notice must also specify the effective period (up to 5 

years) and explain the terms and conditions of the exemption. The 

exemption may be renewed (49 CFR 381.300(b)).



III. Request for Exemption



    Wolfe House Movers, LLC (USDOT 1279267), and Wolfe House Movers of 

Indiana, LLC (USDOT 1679025) (Wolfe) seek an exemption from the HOS 

requirements of 49 CFR 395.3(b)(1) which prohibits a motor carrier from 

permitting or requiring a driver to drive a property-carrying CMV after 

the driver has been on duty 60 hours within a period of 7 consecutive 

days if the employing motor carrier does not operate CMVs every day of 

the week. Wolfe does not operate CMVs every day of the week and is 

prohibited from using the 70-hour/8-day rule in 49 CFR 395.3(b)(2) for 

its business operations.

    According to Wolfe, its primary line of business is lifting and 

moving buildings. Drivers employed by Wolfe transport steel beams and 

dollies to and from various jobsites where work is performed. Wolfe 

advises that its owners believe that Sunday is a day of rest and 

worship and refuse any business opportunities that would require Sunday 

work.

    Because Wolfe does not conduct business on Sunday, its commericial 

business operations are subject to the 60-hours-in-7-day rule set forth 

in 49 CFR 395.3(b)(1). Due to the geographical spread of its 

operations, Wolfe asserts that the 60 hour limitation is a substantial 

burden. Wolfe explained in its application that the company attempts to 

schedule work so that all crews can be at their home terminal before 

the 60th on-duty hour of the week. However, weather, traffic, or 

jobsite conditions sometimes delay completion of projects causing crews 

to be stranded one or two hours' drive from the home terminal. When 

delays occur relief drivers are sent in non-commercial vehicles to pick 

up stranded drivers so that the drivers who have run out of hours can 

drive back to the home terminal using the non-commercial vehicles while 

the relief drivers return the CMVs to the terminal.

    Wolfe reports that it is a small company and it is difficult to 

have relief drivers available on short notice and it is unproductive 

and costly for the company. Wolfe asserts that the stress and pressure 

associated with approaching the 60-hour cut-off is likely to have a 

detrimental effect on the safety performance of even well-trained and 

well-qualified drivers.

    According to Wolfe, allowing it to use the 70-hour/8-day HOS 

ruleset for all drivers not operating CMVs on Sundays would provide the 

following significant safety benefits:

     The need for relief drivers would be significantly reduced 

or completely eliminated. This would result in fewer on-road miles 

driven (by eliminating the need for a relief driver to drive up to 100 

miles out to pick up the CMV and for the regular driver to drive the 

non-CMV back the same 100 miles). This would also mean that the CMV 

would continue to be driven by the driver most familiar with it, rather 

than a part-time driver.

     Drivers would be less stressed, knowing that they have 

sufficient time to complete their weekly schedule even if they are 

delayed by heavy traffic, weather conditions, etc.

    A copy of Wolfe'ss application for exemption is available for 

review in the docket for this notice.



    Issued on: October 12, 2018.

 Larry W. Minor,

Associate Administrator for Policy.

[FR Doc. 2018-22707 Filed 10-17-18; 8:45 am]

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