Hours of Service of Drivers: Application for Exemption; American Pyrotechnics Association
Notice of application for exemption; request for comments.
FMCSA announces that the American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) has requested an exemption from the hours-of-service (HOS) regulations that require a motor carrier to install and require each of its drivers use an electronic logging device (ELD) to record the driver's HOS. APA requests the exemption for APA member-companies currently holding an exemption from the HOS 14-hour rule during the Independence Day celebration season. If granted, these member-companies would continue to utilize paper records of duty status (RODS) in lieu of utilizing an ELD during the designated Independence Day periods. APA believes that the exemption, if granted, would not have any adverse impacts on operational safety, as drivers would continue to remain subject to the HOS regulations as well as the requirements to maintain paper RODS. FMCSA requests public comment on APA's application for exemption.