The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted a waiver that will allow concrete pump operators utilizing the short-haul log book exemption to work a 14-hour day rather than 12 hours.
The American Concrete Pumping Association requested the waiver for all concrete pump operators in June. ACPA asked the agency to give concrete pumpers the same flexibility as ready-mixed concrete truck drivers who operate under the short-haul exemption.
ACPA added in its request that allowing concrete pumpers to return to their work-reporting location within 14 hours instead of 12 hours harmonizes hours of service rules for concrete pump drivers with the rules for drivers of the trucks that supply the concrete.
In its decision to grant the waiver, FMCSA says most drivers are allowed a 14-hour driving window “with no evidence of adverse effects,” and notes that concrete pump drivers only drive for a small portion of their work day.
The waiver will go into effect on Nov. 1 and will expire on Oct. 31, 2023.