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Exemptions

FMCSA Part 381 Exemptions in Effect

(Starting with renewal or new, beginning effectiveness in February 2016; in order of effective date)

Filing Organization

Category

Sub-Category

Applies To

Exemption

Date Appl. Published Fed Reg

Effective Date

Expiration Date

Docket Number FMCSA-

*Possession Required

**Ace Pyro, LLC/ Illumination Fireworks Partners, LP

HOS

395.3(a)(2)

Drivers of Illumination Fireworks, LP and ACE Pyro, LLC only

Allows drivers to exclude off-duty and sleeper-berth time of any length from the calculation of the 14-hour limit. Effective for the periods of June 28-July 8, 2024

10/23/2019

6/18/20

6/18/25

2019-0180

No

Adirondak Trailways, Pine Hill Trailways, and New York Trailways

 

 

 

VEH

 

 

390.21(b)(3)

 

 

All motor carrier passengers

Exemption from FMCSA’s CMV marking rules under certain circumstances involving the exchange of equipment and/or drivers. 

 

1/14/2020

6/1/2020

5/28/25

2020-0062

 

No

**American Concrete Pavement Association

HOS

 

395.3(a)(3)(ii) and 395.3(a)(2)

Drivers transporting ready-mixed concrete

The first exemption from the HOS 30-minute break provision will allow drivers transporting ready-mixed concrete and related materials to use 30 minutes or more of on-duty “waiting time” to satisfy the requirement for the 30-minute rest break, provided they do not perform any other work during the break. The second exemption will allow drivers to use the short-haul RODS exception but with a 14-hour duty period instead of the usual 12 hours.

9/6/18

2/6/19

2/6/24

2018-0237

Yes

 

 

**American Concrete Pumping Association

HOS

 

 

395.1(e)(1)(ii)(A)

 

 

All concrete pumping drivers

 

 

Exemption allows concrete pump drivers to use the short-haul exception, but return to their reporting location within 14 hours instead of 12 hours.

6/21/18

11/1/18

10/31/23

2018-0175

Yes

 

 

**American Concrete Pumping Association

HOS

 

 

395.3(a)(3)(ii)

 

 

All concrete pumping drivers

 

 

Drivers may use 30 minutes or more of on-duty “attendance time” to satisfy the requirement for the 30-minute rest break, provided they do not perform any other work during the break.

10/25/16

10/9/19

10/9/24

2016-0342

Yes

ArcelorMittal

HOS/VEH

395, 393.5, 393.11,

393.75 and 393.120

ArcelorMittal’s CDL drivers

Work up to 16 hours per day and return to work with a minimum of 8 consecutive hours off duty, when transporting steel coils between ArcelorMittal’s production and shipping locations on public roads.

 

May use coil carriers that do not meet the “heavy hauler trailer” definition, height of rear side marker lights restrictions, tire loading restrictions, and the coil securement requirements.

3/22/16

9/23/16

9/23/21

2016-0050

No

**American Trucking Associations, Inc. (ATA)

HOS

395.3(a)(3)(ii)

Motor carriers transporting security-sensitive hazardous materials (HM) requiring a security plan

Drivers may use 30 minutes or more of on-duty “attendance time” to satisfy the requirement for the 30-minute rest break, provided they do not perform any other work during the break.

5/1/15

8/21/15

8/21/20 FAST Act

2015-0012

Yes

ATA- Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference

Cargo Securement

393.102, 393.106, 393.110, and 393.114

Motor carriers transporting boxes, bins, or tubs of agricultural commodities, or hay, straw, and cotton bales

Allows alternative means of securement see https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FMCSA-2017-0319-0004 for securements methods

1/15/18

4/23/19

4/23/24

2017-0319

No

 

ATA – Automobile Carriers Conference

 

Warning Flags

 

393.87

 

Motor carriers operating stinger steered automobile transporter equipment

 

No warning flags necessary

 

2/27/18

 

2/15/19

 

2/15/24

 

2018-0090

 

No

 

 

Castignoli Enterprises

 

 

Sleeper Berth

 

 

393.76

 

 

Castignoli Enterprises

 

 

Sleeper berth in Ford F350 that does not meet certain sleeper berth requirements

4/24/18

10/19/18

10/19/23

2018-0142

No

CR England

CDL

383.25(a)(1)

 

 

CLP holders, as team driver

 

 

CLP holder may operate a CMV without a CDL holder being present in the front seat of the vehicle

11/28/14

6/13/17

6/12/22

2014-0406

No

CRST Expedited

CDL

383.25(a)(1)

 

 

CLP holders, as team driver

 

 

CLP holder may operate a CMV without a CDL holder being present in the front seat of the vehicle

 

8/9/18

10/19/18

9/24/23

2015-0480

No

Daimler Trucks North America

CDL

383.23

 

 

One foreign driver

 

 

Passegger: Exemption allows driver to operate a commercial motor vehicle in the U.S. without a U.S. CDL.

9/24/19

9/28/20

9/29/25

2012-0032

 

Yes

 

 

Daimler Trucks North America

CDL

383.23

 

 

One foreign driver

 

 

Zeilinger:  Exemption allows driver to operate a commercial motor vehicle in the U.S. without a U.S. CDL.

3/22/17

6/6/17

6/6/22

2012-0032

Yes

 

 

Daimler Trucks North America

CDL

383.23

 

 

One foreign driver

 

 

Zeuner:  Exemption allows driver to operate a commercial motor vehicle in the U.S. without a U.S. CDL.

1/16/17

5/23/17

5/23/22

2012-0032

Yes

 

 

Daimler Trucks North America

CDL

383.23

 

 

One foreign driver

 

 

Boehm:  Exemption allows driver to operate a commercial motor vehicle in the U.S. without a U.S. CDL.

5/4/16

7/25/16

7/25/21

2012-0032

Yes

 

 

Daimler Trucks North America

CDL

383.23

 

 

One foreign driver

 

 

Baumann:  Exemption allows driver to operate a commercial motor vehicle in the U.S. without a U.S. CDL.

4/5/16

6/30/16

6/29/21

2012-0032

Yes

 

 

Daimler Trucks North America

CDL

383.23

 

 

One foreign driver

 

 

Helbing:  Exemption allows driver to operate a commercial motor vehicle in the U.S. without a U.S. CDL.

5/15/17

8/17/17

8/17/22

2012-0032

Yes

 

 

Daimler Trucks North America

CDL

383.23

 

 

One foreign driver

 

 

Ennerst:  Exemption allows driver to operate a commercial motor vehicle in the U.S. without a U.S. CDL.

5/15/17

7/22/17

7/22/22

2012-0032

Yes

 

 

Daimler Trucks North America

Visibility

393.60(e)

Daimler CMVs

Device mounted lower in windshield

6/26/17

2/1/18

1/31/23

2017-0176

No

 

 

Daimler Trucks North American

CDL

383.23

 

 

One foreign driver

 

 

Veber:  Exemption allows driver to operate a commercial motor vehicle in the U.S. without a U.S. CDL.

4/24/18

9/10/18

9/11/23

2012-0032

Yes

 

 

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

HOS

395.3(a)(3)(ii)

 

 

DOE’s contract motor carriers and their driver employees

 

 

Drivers may use 30 minutes or more of on duty “attendance time” to satisfy the requirement for the 30-minute rest break, provided they do not perform any other work during the break.

4/23/20

6/30/20

9/29/20

2012-0370

No

 

 

Extreme Logistics, LLC

HOS

395.3(a)(2)

 

 

Driver-employees

 

Allows drivers to exclude off-duty and sleeper-berth time of any length from the calculation of the 14-hour limit during Independence Day Celebrations June 28 – July 8 through 2025.

4/18/19

5/18/20

5/19/25

2019-0086

Yes

 

 

**Farruggio's Express

HOS

395.1(e)(1)

 

 

Farruggio’s Express drivers only

 

Drivers who stay within the 100 air-mile radius but may occasionally exceed the 12-hour limitation are exempt from having to complete a daily record of duty status at those times if, at all times, their hours of service data is recorded by the Geotab system.

2/12/16

8/10/16

8/10/21

2015-0460

Yes

 

 

Flatbed Carrier Safety Group

 

 

Cargo Securement

393.120

 

 

All motor carriers

 

 

Securement of metal coils loaded with eyes crosswise grouped in rows

6/14/10

4/21/17

4/21/22

2010-0177

No

 

 

Ford Motor Company

 

 

Exhaust Location

393.83

 

 

Motor carriers operating Ford’s Transit-based CMVs

 

 

Exhaust system location that does not meet current requirements

4/17/15

8/15/17

8/15/22

2015-0111

No

 

 

Groendyke Transport, Inc.

Lighting

393.25(e)

 

 

Groendyke trailers

 

 

Permits use of an amber brake-activated pulsating lamp in addition to the required steady-burning brake lamps

7/30/18

4/26/19

4/26/24

2018-0023

No

 

Hino Motors Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc.

Visibility

393.60(e)

Hino CMVs

Device mounted lower in windshield

1/19/17

8/3/17

8/3/22

2015-0239

No

 

International Institute of Towing and Recovery

 

Cargo Securement

393.112 and 393.128

 

All motor carriers

 

Use combination of fixed and adjustable tiedowns to secure light vehicles

9/28/16

5/15/17

5/15/22

2016-0111

No

 

 

Isuzu North America Corporation

CDL

383.23

12 foreign drivers

 

 

Exemption allows drivers to operate commercial motor vehicles in the U.S. without a U.S. CDL.

10/19/18

2/21/19

2/21/24

2006-25290

Yes

 

 

**Kimble Recycling & Disposal Inc.

HOS

395.1(e)(1)(ii)(A)

All KRD CMV drivers

 

 

The exemption allows drivers to use the short-haul RODS exception, but with a 14-hour duty period instead of 12 hours.

5/28/19

11/21/19

11/21/24

2019-0106

Yes

 

McKee Foods

 

 

HOS

 

395.1(g)(1)(ii)(A)

(1–2)

 

Team drivers using sleeper

 

Sleeper berth modified rule, exemption renewal

 

1/30/20

 

4/20/20

 

4/20/25

 

2014-0071

 

Yes

 

Motion Picture Association of America

 

HOS

 

395

 

CMV drivers

 

Drivers may use paper to complete record of duty status instead of using an ELD device when transporting to or from a theatrical or television motion picture production site.

 

10/27/17

 

1/19/18

 

1/19/23

 

2017-0298

 

Yes

Motion Pictures Compliance Solutions

 

 

 

CDL

 

 

382.701(a)(2)

 

 

All MPCS CMV drivers

 

 

Clearinghouse requirement for pre-employment full queries. MPCS, on behalf of its member employers, would conduct the full query only in those instances in which the limited query indicates information about the driver exists in the Clearinghouse.

 

 

 

 

3/6/20

 

 

6/1/20

 

 

5/28/25

2020-0101

 

 

 

No

 

**National Asphalt Pavement Association, Inc.

 

HOS

 

395.3(a)(3)(ii)

 

Drivers on asphalt paving projects

 

No 30-minute rest break required for drivers that occasionally exceed 12 hours and report to their working location within a 14-hour duty period.

 

 9/7/17

 

1/26/18 

 

1/25/23

 

2017-0197

 

Yes

 

**National Mobile Shower
& Catering Association

(NMCSA)

 

 

 

 

 

HOS

 

395

 

All NMSCA’s

CMV drivers

 

Various HOS exemptions to support forest fighters

 

11/27/18

 

10/1/19

 

10/1/24

 

2018-0331

 

 

Yes

National Tank Truck Carriers, INC (NTTC)

 

 

 

Visibility

 

 

393.25

 

 

Tank trailer drivers

 

 

Allow motor carriers operating tank trailers to install a red or amber brake-activated pulsating lamp positioned in the upper center position or in an upper dual outboard position on the rear of the trailers.

 

 

 

4/2/20

 

 

5/4/20

 

 

10/8/20

 

 

2019-0260

 

 

No

**National Tank Truck Carriers & the Massachusetts Motor Transport Association, Inc.

HOS

395.3(a)(3)(ii)

Fuel delivery drivers

No 30-minute rest break required for drivers that occasionally exceed 12 hours and report to their working location within a 14-hour duty period.

9/26/17

4/9/18

4/10/23

2017-0270

Yes

**National Waste & Recycling Assoc. (NWRA)

HOS

395.1(e)(1)(ii)(A)

All NWRA CMV drivers

The exemption allows drivers to use the short-haul RODS exception, but with a 14-hour duty period instead of 12 hours.

3/29/19

11/21/19

11/21/24

2019-0085

Yes

 Nauto, Inc.

 

Visibility

393.60(e)(1)

 

 

All CMV Drivers

 

 

Allow its multi-sensor device to be mounted lower in the windshield than is currently permitted.

4/2/20

10/9/20

10/9/25

2020-0106

No

Navistar, Inc.

CDL

383.23

 

 

One foreign driver

 

 

Douay:  Exemption allows driver to operate a commercial motor vehicle in the U.S. without a U.S. CDL.

12/18/18

4/15/19

4/15/24

2018-0347

Yes

 

Navistar, Inc.

 

CDL

 

383.23

 

Five foreign drivers

 

Hellstrom, Udd, Oun, Holma, and Svanstrom: Exemption allows drivers to operate commercial motor vehicles in the U.S. without a U.S. CDL.

 

9/19/19

 

12/27/19

 

12/27/24

 

2018-0347

 

Yes

Navistar, Inc.

CDL

383.23

 

 

Two foreign drivers

 

 

Nickles and Walters:  Exemption allows drivers to operate commercial motor vehicles in the U.S. without a U.S. CDL.

6/19/19

11/21/19

11/21/24

2018-0347

Yes

New PRIME

CDL

383.25(a)(1)

 

 

CLP holders, as team driver

 

 

CLP holder may operate a CMV without a CDL holder being present in the front seat of the vehicle.

12/20/16

6/27/17 

6/27/22

2016-0420

No

 

**Rail Delivery Services (RDS)

 

HOS

 

395.1(e)(1)

 

All of RDS drivers

 

Drivers who stay within the 100 air-mile radius but may occasionally exceed the 12-hour limitation are exempt from having to complete a daily record of duty status at those times if, at all times, their hours of service data is recorded by the Geotab system.

 

7/13/17

 

11/14/17

 

11/14/22

 

2017-0190

 

Yes

 

**R&R Transportation Group

 

HOS

 

395.3(a)(3)(ii)

 

Certain hi-risk cargos

 

Drivers may use "Attending" time to satisfy the 30-minute rest break requirement for hi-risk cargo.

 

7/13/15

 

10/2/15

 

10/2/20 FAST Act

 

2015-0197

 

Yes

 

**RJR Transportation, Inc. (RJR)

 

HOS

 

395.1(e)(1)

 

All RJR drivers

 

Permits RJR drivers that do not exceed the 150 air-mile radius to utilize time records instead of a record of duty status for that day.

 

10/18/18

 

6/7/19

 

6/7/24

 

2018-0271

 

Yes

R.J. Corman Railroad Services, Cranemasters, Inc,. and The National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association, Inc.

HOS

395

All R.J. Corman Railroad Services and Cranemasters drivers and members of The National Railroad Construction & Maintenance drivers

Exempt from the prohibition against driving a property-carrying CMV after the 14th hour after coming on duty and driving after accumulating 60 hours of on-duty time in 7 consecutive days (60-hour rule), or 70 hours of on-duty time in 8 consecutive days (70-hour rule). The exemption enables railroad employees subject to the HOS rules to respond to unplanned events that occur outside of or extend beyond the employee's normal work hours

3/8/19

3/4/20

3/4/25

2019-0056

No

Recreation Vehicle Industry Association

CDL

383.91(a)(1)(2)

Drive-away Recreational vehicle drivers

Drivers engaged in driveaway deliveries of RVs with gross vehicle weight ratings of 26,001 pounds or more are not required to have a CDL as long as the empty RVs have gross vehicle weights or gross combination weights that do not meet or exceed 26,001 pounds, and any RV trailers towed by other vehicles weigh 10,000 pounds or less.

10/1/14

4/6/17

4/6/22

2014-0352

No

Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA)

HOS

395.3(a)(3)(ii)

Under OS/OW permit

All qualifying motor carriers and drivers operating mobile cranes with a rated lifting capacity of greater than 30 tons are exempt from the 30-minute break provision.

3/16/16

11/27/18

11/1/23

2016-0096

Yes

Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA)

HOS

395.3(a)(3)(ii)

Under OS/OW permit

All specialized carriers and drivers responsible for the transportation of loads that exceed maximum legal weight and dimensional limits – oversize/overweight (OS/OW) loads – that require a permit issued by a government authority are exempt from the 30-minute break provision.

4/30/20

6/18/20

6/17/25

2014-0420

Yes

**U.S. Department of Defense Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command

(SDDC)

HOS

395.3(a)(3)(ii)

SDDC’s

contracted

drivers providing dual

driver-protective services

Drivers may use 30 minutes or more of on-duty “attendance time” to satisfy the requirement for the 30-minute rest break, provided they do not perform any other work during the break.

4/16/15

10/20/17

10/21/23
FAST Act

2013-0275

Yes

 

SmartDrive Systems Inc.

 

Visibility

 

393.60(e)

 

Carriers using the SmartDrive ADAS camera system

 

Device mounted lower on windshield

 

11/27/18

 

4/15/19

 

4/15/24

 

2018-0321

 

Yes

 

STEMCO

 

Lighting

 

393.11

 

Carriers using STEMCO aerodynamic device

 

Allows rear ID & clearance lights to be mounted lower

 

6/10/16

 

2/14/18

 

2/1/23

 

2016-0167

 

No

 

Stoneridge Inc.

 

Mirrors

 

393.80

 

Carriers using Stoneridge MirrorEye Camera Monitor System

 

Allows use of camera system in lieu of rear vision mirrors

 

4/5/18

 

2/21/19

 

2/13/24

 

2018-0141

 

No

 

Teupen North America

 

CDL

 

383.23

 

One foreign driver

 

Borutta:  Exemption allows driver to operate a commercial motor vehicle in the U.S. without a U.S. CDL.

 

10/24/19

 

3/11/20

 

3/11/25

 

2019-0131

 

Yes

 

TowMate LLC

 

Lighting

 

393.23

 

Temporary Towing Operations

 

Allow rechargeable battery tail lighting systems

 

8/6/15

 

2/9/18

 

2/9/23

 

2015-0238

 

No

 

**Transco Inc.

 

HOS

 

395.3(a)(3)(ii)

 

Transco drivers

 

Enables Transco drivers to comply with the 30-minute break requirement while performing on-duty-not- driving tasks

 

10/18/18

 

8/28/19

 

8/28/24

 

2018-0302

 

Yes

 

Truck Renting and Leasing Association

 

ELD

 

395.8

 

CMV leased for 8 days or fewer

 

No ELD required

 

3/22/17

 

10/11/17

 

10/11/22

 

2016-0428

 

Yes

 

United Parcel Service (UPS)

 

ELD

 

395.8

 

All drivers and carriers using ELDs

 

(1) Can enter data in portable ELD without vehicle power on (2) Not required to re-enter yard move each power cycle

 

6/9/17

 

10/20/17

 

10/20/22

 

2017-0054

 

No

 

U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc.

 

CDL

 

383.23(a)(2) and

383.153(a)(10)(vii)

 

U.S. Custom Harvester drivers

 

Allows custom harvester drivers to operate in interstate commerce even though under 21 years of age. A “K” restriction on these drivers' CDLs does not limit them from driving outside the license-issuing State when they are operating as custom harvesters in accordance with 49 CFR 391.2(a).

 

5/1/17

 

10/3/18

 

10/3/23

 

2017-0133

 

Yes

 

**Waste Management Holdings (WMH)

 

HOS

 

395.1(e)(1)(ii)(A)

 

WMH’s member drivers

 

The exemption allows drivers to use the short-haul RODS exception, but with a 14-hour duty period instead of 12 hours.

 

7/17/18

 

10/22/18

 

10/22/23

 

2018-0181

 

Yes

Werner Enterprises

ELD

381.315(a)

Werner Enterprises drivers

Exemption from the requirement that certain data fields be included in electronic RODS files presented by ELDs.

4/13/20

7/7/20

7/7/21

2020-0114

Yes

WestRock

HOS

 395.3(a)(2)

WestRock drivers

Exemption restricted to drivers exclusively assigned to a specific route.  This route is entirely on one street (Compress Street), between the shipping and receiving departments – approximately 275 feet in one direction. Drivers are allowed to work up to 16 consecutive hours in a duty period and return to work with a minimum of at least 8 hours off duty when necessary.

2/21/19

4/17/19 

4/16/24

2010-0027

No

 

*Drivers must have a copy of the corresponding federal register notice or equivalent signed FMCSA exemption in their possession while operating under the terms of said exemption. The exemption document must be presented to law enforcement officials upon request.

** The Hours of Service Final Rule published on June 1, 2020, effective date September 29, 2020, supersedes this exemption.

 Contact Info:

FMCSA
Charles Horan
Director Office of Carrier, Driver, and Vehicle Safety Standards Charles.Horan@dot.gov

Last updated: Thursday, October 15, 2020