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FMCSA Grants Exemption to 30-Minute Rule for Truckers Hauling Fuel

Posted December 27, 2018 by Administrator

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA’s) hours of service (HOS) regulations dictate that if drivers can’t complete their duty within twelve hours under the 100 air-mile radius exemption that they have to take a 30-minute rest break. However, this rest break poses problems for carriers transporting hazardous materials. They can’t leave the cargo unsupervised, and attending the CMV doesn’t qualify as resting. The parking shortage also prevents drivers from finding a safe and secure area to park trucks toting hazardous material.

To address these challenges, FMCSA offered exemptions to the rule for carriers transporting specified fuels. However, propane didn’t make the initial list. This put drivers transporting petroleum-based cargo in a difficult situation. While most of them load their vehicles in the morning with the intent to finish several deliveries by the end of the day, outside circumstances can prevent this from happening.

These drivers operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) on interstate highways so traffic and accidents can impede their deliveries. Since they can’t leave their hazardous cargo to rest but they also can’t push beyond the 12-hour regulation, the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) petitioned FMCSA for an amendment. The transportation agency granted the request, which will remain in effect through April 10, 2023.

Complying with FMCSA regulations is critical to remain in operation as a trucking company, but these rulings can create challenges for fleets. In this instance, the need to transport hazardous cargo safely took precedence and FMCSA issued an amendment. Cline Wood understands the risks involved with transporting hazardous materials. We can help your trucking company assess its risks and implement solutions to address them: get in touch at

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Federal Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs for Truck Drivers

Posted May 26, 2015 by Administrator

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) require drug and alcohol testing for people with a commercial driver’s license that meet certain criteria. The drug and alcohol testing rules include specific instructions for testing, frequency of tests and the substances for which drivers will be tested.

Who needs to be tested? Here are the rules for who must be tested:man and truck

  • Anyone employing CDL drivers to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) on public roads
  • CDL drivers who operate CMVs on public roads
  • Interstate motor carriers
  • Intrastate motor carriers
  • Federal, State, and local governments
  • Civic organizations (disabled veteran transport, boy/girl scouts, etc.)
  • Faith-based organizations

If you are a CDL driver you are encouraged to educate yourself with information on drug and alcohol testing programs. While it is your employer’s responsibility to provide you with this type of information, ultimately it is your responsibility to be in compliance with the law. Here are some excellent resources for learning more about the rules as they relate to drug and alcohol testing, types of test required and your rights, responsibilities and requirements. Resources for CDL Driver Drug & Alcohol Testing

If you are an employer of CDL drivers, it is your responsibility to implement and conduct drug and alcohol testing programs. Here are resources designed for employers regarding DOT drug & alcohol testing programs.

If you are a service agent that administers drug and alcohol tests you can find general information and resources here. Service Agent Resources for CDL Driver Drug & Alcohol Testing

Are you a supervisor of someone who has a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and operates a commercial vehicle? Have you ever received a notice stating your company is out of compliance with DOT drug & alcohol testing regulations? Be sure to read the U.S. Department of Transportation Drug and Alcohol Supervisor Training Guide here.

Anyone who is a commercial driver has an extremely important responsibility to the public; it is vital that they not let their performance be compromised by drugs or alcohol. Ensuring that transportation employees are drug and alcohol free is an important safety issue. Everyone involved needs to do their part to comply with the rules and procedures required to continue to reduce the number of crashes and accidents linked to drug and alcohol use by those in the transportation industry.

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