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Oversized Loads Looking for Exemption of 30 Minute Break

The hours of service rule requiring all drivers to take a 30 minute break within their first 8 hours of on-duty is being challenged by the Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association. The SC&RA is asking the FMCSA for an exemption for oversized and overweight loads. Explaining that oversized and overweight loads need special permits that limit when they can actually drive. The required 30 minute break usually falls within the limited hours of transportation allowed by these permits. The SC&RA also discussed the safety issues that have materialized with having to take these breaks. With these larger loads it is hard to find a place to park and has resulted in oversized loads parking along highways and exits. The exemption would only apply to carriers with said permits.



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