Hours of Service of Drivers: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Application for Exemption
FMCSA announces that it has received an application from the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) for a 2-year exemption from certain provisions of the hours-of-service (HOS) rules for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. Under the exemption, drivers of ready-mixed concrete vehicles in designated areas would be allowed to operate under the 100 air-mile radius exception from the requirement to prepare records of duty status (RODS) provided they are released from work within 14 hours following 10 consecutive hours off duty. Additionally, NRMCA requests an exemption from the requirement that a CMV driver record his or her duty status for each 24-hour period using the methods prescribed in the HOS rules. NRMCA is requesting the exemption on behalf of ready-mixed concrete producers operating within a 100 air-mile radius, in interstate commerce, delivering to active construction sites in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. NRMCA states that approximately 800 drivers and the same number of ready-mixed concrete vehicles will operate under the requested exemption. NRMCA bases its request on the fact that many companies and their drivers are working to rebuild areas affected by the record number of hurricanes during the 2005 hurricane season. FMCSA requests public comment on NRMCA's application for exemption.