Log haulers in Oregon asking for exemption of hours rule break requirement

| December 10, 2013

log haulerTimber haulers in Oregon are seeking an exemption to the 30-minute break required by the hours of service rule that went into effect July 1, saying environmental and seasonal restrictions already limit their ability to get logs to mills. 

According to a Federal Register notice published Dec. 10, the Oregon Trucking Association says the break requirement “makes it impossible for log trucks to provide a sufficient volume of logs to the mills when operations are time-limited by fire restrictions.” 

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is accepting public comment for 30 days for the request. 

OTA says environmental regulations limit timber haulers, who are even more restricted between July and October, when they’re barred from forests after 1 p.m. Log haulers, OTA says, need all of the available time after 1 p.m. to get their loads to the mills.  

In response to previous requests for exemptions to the break requirement, the agency has agreed to allow Department of Energy and some Department of Defense contractors to use non-working “attendance time” to satisfy the rule. Also, livestock haulers, per a request by the National Pork Producers Council, were granted a 90-day waiver of the rule during the summer to protect animals from the heat. 

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To comment on the OTA’s request for an exemption for log haulers in Oregon, use docket No. FMCSA-2013-0451. Comments can be made via: 

-Te Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov
-Fax: 1-202-493-2251
-Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, D.C. 20590-0001
  • localnet

    This milk and cookie break needs to go.

  • lastgoodusername

    Where do you file for an exemption? 30 minutes is to short to water ski. takes me longer to get my t-bar on. so i just sit in the truck thinking about wearing my t-bar. I think that should justify my exemption.

  • guest

    Absolutely NOT!! Government knows best….you MUST pull OFF the interstate..when the GOV deems necessary…and eat a cheese sandwich and have some nice warm milk! THEN when the GOV. deems appropriate you will be allowedback on the highway…Non negotiable…It is THE LAW!!!! OBEY!!! CONFORM!! and COMPLY!

  • guest

    The Nanny Industry….has Spoken on that LAW…no further discussion is being heard on the subject….truckers NEED babysitting….Listen to Anne Ferro she knows best…….OBEY!!

  • sad state of affairs
  • sad state of affairs

    Well Mr Guest, I would say our government, FMCSA, insurance companies, and legal system needs to get outta the way of free enterprise. This country was founded upon a hard work ethic. How is it that they have the right to tell me how many hours I can work, drive, watch TV, or spend on my computer. Get real! What are these people thinking? I would ask you, when was the last time that you voted for a representative that said “It doesn’t matter what my position is on the subject, I’m here to represent your position”?????

  • Kevin

    If they’re local and don’t travel more than a hundred mile radius, they’re exempt from that rule now anyway. How far do these guys travel?