Two fireworks companies are seeking renewal of exemptions from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Illumination Fireworks and ACE Pyro have requested renewal of their exemptions from the daily 14-hour rule for the period of June 28 through July 8 for the next five years.
FMCSA is opening the comment period for 30 days after the request is published in the Federal Register Wednesday, March 16. Comments can be made by searching Docket no. FMCSA-2014-0111 at www.regulations.gov.
The companies were previously granted the exemption for drivers of 50 commercial trucks during the Independence Day period of 2015. The application states the exemption would only apply to the operation of drivers of 50 vehicles in conjunction with staging fireworks shows around July 4.
During that time period, the companies’ drivers would be allowed to exclude off-duty and sleeper berth time of any length from the calculation of their on-duty 14 hours. However, they would not be allowed to drive after 14 hours of on-duty time, would still need to take 10 consecutive hours off and would continue to be subject to the 11-hour driving limit and the 60- and 70-hour on-duty limits.