Notice of renewal of exemption; request for comments.
FMCSA announces its decision to renew the American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) exemption from FMCSA's regulation that drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) may not drive after the 14th hour of coming on duty. The exemption for 70 motor carriers and approximately 3,000 drivers is applicable for a period beginning 7 days prior to and 2 days immediately following Independence Day in 2007 and 2008. Drivers who operate CMVs in conjunction with staging fireworks shows celebrating Independence Day will be allowed to exclude off-duty and sleeper-berth time of any length from the calculation of the 14 hours. These drivers will not be allowed to drive after accumulating a total of 14 hours of on-duty time, following 10 consecutive hours off duty, and will continue to be subject to the 11- hour driving time limit, and the 60- and 70-hour on-duty limits. The terms and conditions of the current exemption will remain in place for a second two-year period. FMCSA believes that with the terms and conditions in place, APA will maintain a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety that would be obtained by complying with the regulation.