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ABA Asks For Exemption From CA Meal, Rest Break Rules

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Posted on May 15, 2019
Will the ABA be successful in getting the exemption? (Photo: Pexels user Ingo Joseph)

Will the ABA be successful in getting the exemption? (Photo: Pexels user Ingo Joseph)

The American Bus Association on Jan. 10 submitted to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) a petition seeking a federal override of the state’s rules for passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicle operators. The regulations entitle the drivers to a 30-minute off-duty mealtime after each five hours of work.

In December, FMCSA granted a similar petition request filed by the American Trucking Associations and the Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association applying to property-carrying CMV drivers.

The ABA contends the meal and rest break rules conflict with federal hours-of-service regulations for passenger carriers. In granting the trucking industry’s petition, FMCSA concluded California’s meal and rest break laws would have “no safety benefits that extended beyond those already provided by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations.”

Safety+Health article here

Related Topics: American Bus Association, buses, charter and tour operators, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, federal regulations, industry regulations, motorcoach operators, motorcoaches, regulatory enforcement

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