Trade organization requests exemption from driving rules for shower and catering vendors

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An association that represents about 30 vendors who supply shower and catering services at wildland fires is seeking a modification of certain hours-of-service rules when they en route to a fire. These companies provide hot showers and on site meals for wildland firefighters while they are working on fires, usually in the Western United States.

The National Mobile Shower & Catering Association (NMSCA) submitted to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) a request to modify the Federal hours-of-service (HOS) rules for their commercial motor vehicle drivers while they are traveling to an assignment under a Resource Order:

  1.  Extend the 14-hour duty period to no more than 16 hours;
  2. Not include “waiting time” while not performing duties in the calculation of the 16-hour duty period;
  3. Not comply with the minimum 30-minute rest break provision;
  4. Extend the maximum 60 hours on duty in any 7-day period to 80 hours on duty in any 7-day period;
  5. Extend the 11 hours of driving time to 12 hours; and,
  6. Extend the “8 days in 30” exception in the electronic logging device (ELD) rule to “12 days in 30.”

The FMCSA is requesting public comment on the NMSCA application for exemption, which must be received on or before December 27, 2018. Instructions for commenting are at the Federal Register.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

2 thoughts on “Trade organization requests exemption from driving rules for shower and catering vendors”

  1. Hot showers are a welcome amenity to wildland fire fighters. Flexibility should be considered under emergency circumstances in order to support ongoing response efforts.

    1. The problem is you are going have accidents, possibly fatal ones at involve other vehicles and innocent people. I was in the Army. We did not drive people as hard as the modern day corporation does. We still had training accidents. I will never forget that very long drive to UC Davis Trauma Center when five of my people were a vehicle that rolled multiple times. This was before the days of cell phone and I had to be there to find out what happened. A defective firestone tire caused a blowout


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