Exemptions

Relevant Active Exemptions

This is a listing of all active FMCSA exemptions for the following: electronic logging devices (ELDs), hours of service (HOS), parts and accessories necessary for safe operation, and qualification of driver’s license standards, as well as state specific exemptions. Every exemption is accompanied by a brief summary; however, a full explanation of the exemption in the Federal Register can be found by clicking on the exemption title. The list does not include exemptions for specific individuals.

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Electronic Logging Devices

For a list of waivers and other ELD-related information, visit FMCSA’s ELD Information page.

Motion Picture Association of America ELD Exemption
FMCSA announces its decision to grant the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) a five-year exemption from the electronic logging device (ELD) requirements for all commercial motor vehicle drivers providing transportation to or from a theatrical or television motion picture production site. Drivers will still be required to complete paper records of duty status. The exemption is effective Jan. 19, 2018-Jan. 19, 2023.

UPS ELD Exemptions
FMCSA announces its decision to grant an exemption request, originally submitted by United Parcel Services Inc.’s (UPS). The exemption, which applies to all qualified motor carriers is for a limited 5-year exemption from certain requirements under the electronic logging device (ELD) rule. The exemptions allow (1) all motor carriers and drivers that use portable, driver-based ELDs to record engine data only when the driver is in a commercial motor vehicle and the engine is powered, and (2) all motor carriers to configure an ELD with a yard-move mode that does not require a driver to re-input yard move status every time the tractor is powered off. The exemptions are effective Oct. 20. 2017-Oct. 20, 2022. 

Truck Renting and Leasing Association ELD Exemption
FMCSA announces its decision to grant the Truck Renting and Leasing Association’s (TRALA) application for a limited 5-year exemption exempting all drivers of property-carrying commercial motor vehicles rented for 8 days or less, regardless of reason, from the requirement to use an electronic logging device (ELD). While operating under this exemption, drivers will remain subject to the standard hours-of-service limits, maintain a paper record of duty status if required, and maintain a copy of the rental agreement on the vehicle. The exemption is effective Oct. 11, 2017-Oct. 11, 2022. 

Werner ELD Data Fields Exemption
FMCSA announces its decisions to grant Werner Enterprises an exemption from the requirement that certain data fields be included in electronic records of duty status (eRODS) files presented by electronic logging devices (ELD). During the first eight days a driver transitions to Werner’s new ELD provider, Platform Science, the eRODS do not have to display the co-driver information, odometer elapsed, engine hours elapsed, engine hours total and odometer total fields. The exemption is effective July 7, 2020-July 7, 2021.

Livestock and Insect Hauler ELD Exemption
FMCSA announces that, per the fiscal 2020 appropriations bill, livestock and insect haulers are not required to comply with the ELD requirement for the duration of the fiscal 2020 appropriations bill, as well as any subsequent continuing resolutions of the funding bill. The exemption is effective until further notice. 

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Hours of Service

National Ready Mixed Concrete Association 30-Minute Rest Break Exemption (Permanent)
FMCSA announces its decision to make permanent an exemption from the 30-minute rest break provision of the agency’s hours-of-service (HOS) regulations to commercial motor vehicle drivers operating ready-mixed concrete trucks. Drivers operating ready-mixed concrete trucks may use 30 minutes or more of on-duty attendance time to satisfy the requirement for the 30 minute rest break requirement, provided they do not perform any other work during the break. This decision is mandated by Section 5206 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act of 2015. To address the requirement, FMCSA has added a new §395.1(t)The exemption is permanent and was effective July 22, 2016.

Transportation of Bees 30-Minute Rest Break Exemption (Permanent)
FMCSA announces its decision to make permanent an exemption from the 30-minute rest break provision of the agency’s hours-of-service (HOS) regulations to commercial motor vehicle drivers transporting bees. The exempted drivers will be allowed to use 30 minutes or more of attendance time to meet the HOS rest break requirements, providing they do not perform any other work during the break. This decision is mandated by Section 5206 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act of 2015. To address the requirement, FMCSA has added a new §395.1(u)The exemption is permanent and was effective July 22, 2016.

Transportation of Livestock 30-Minute Rest Break Exemption (Permanent)
FMCSA announces its decision to make permanent an exemption from the 30-minute rest break provision of the agency’s hours-of-service (HOS) regulations for commercial motor vehicle drivers transporting livestock. The exempted drivers will be allowed to use 30 minutes or more of attendance time to meet the HOS rest break requirements, providing they do not perform any other work during the break. This decision is mandated by Section 5206 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act of 2015. To address the requirement, FMCSA has added a new §395.1(v)The exemption is permanent and was effective July 22, 2016.

SC&RA Oversize/overweight Load 30-minute Rest Break Exemption
FMCSA announces its decision to grant the Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association (SC&RA), an exemption for the transportation of loads that exceed normal weight and dimensional limits. The exemption applies to all oversize-overweight permitted loads whose drivers are not required to comply with the 30-minute rest break rule. The exemption is effective June 18, 2015-June 17, 2025.

Illumination Fireworks Partners and ACE Pyro Hours-of-Service Exemption Request
FMCSA announces the approval of an exemption application from Illumination Fireworks Partners LP and ACE Pyro LLC that allows the companies’ drivers who are staging fireworks shows to operate after the 14-hour window during the Independence Day period of June 28-July 8 each year. The exemption is effective June 18, 2020-June 18, 2025.

Extreme Logistics HOS Exemption Request
FMCSA announcedsthe approval of an exemption application from Extreme Logistics LLC allowing the company’s drivers who are staging fireworks shows to exclude sleeper berth and off-duty time from the 14-hour window during the Independence Day period of June 28-July 8 each year. The exemption is effective May 18, 2020-May 19, 2025.

McKee Foods Transportation 8-Hour Sleeper Berth Exemption
FMCSA announces its decision to extend an exemption to McKee Foods Transportation LLC (MFT) from certain provisions of the agency’s hours-of-service (HOS) regulations. MFT proposed that its team drivers be granted an exemption from the HOS rules pertaining to use of a sleeper berth (SB). Current HOS rules require that all SB rest regimens include, in part, the use of an SB for at least eight hours—combined with a separate period of at least two hours, either in the SB, off-duty or some combination of both—to gain the equivalent of at least 10 consecutive hours off duty. The exemption will allow MFT’s team drivers to take the equivalent of 10 consecutive hours off duty by splitting SB time into two periods totaling 10 hours, provided neither of the two periods is less than three hours. The exemption is effective March 27, 2015-April 20, 2025.

NWRA Short-Haul RODS Exemption
FMCSA announces its decision to grant National Waste Recycling Association (NWRA) members an exemption from the short-haul HOS requirements. The exemption allows NWRA member drivers to drive for 14 hours instead of 12 and still operate under the short-haul record of duty status (RODS) exemption. The exemption is effective Nov. 21, 2019-Nov. 21, 2024.

KRD Short-Haul RODS Exemption
FMCSA announces its decision to grant Kimble Recycling and Disposal Inc. (KRD) exemption from the short-haul hours-of-service (HOS) requirements. The exemption allows KRD drivers to drive for 14 hours instead of 12 and still operate under the short-haul record of duty status (RODS) exemption. The exemption is effective Nov. 21, 2019-Nov. 21, 2024.

American Concrete Pumping Association 30-Minute Rest Break Exemption
FMCSA announces its decision to extend the American Concrete Pumping Association (ACPA) an exemption from the 30-minute rest break requirement of the agency’s hours-of-service (HOS) regulations. The exemption allows all concrete pump operators, companies and drivers who operate concrete pumps to count on-duty time while attending equipment but are performing no other work-related activities, toward the 30-minute rest break provision of the HOS regulations. The exemption is effective Oct. 9, 2019-Oct. 9, 2024.

NMSCA HOS Exemption
FMCSA announces its decision to grant the National Mobile Shower and Catering Association (NMSCA) an exemption from various hours-of-service (HOS) requirements. The exemption allows NMSCA’s member drivers to extend the 14-hour duty period to 16 hours, be exempt from the 30-minute rest break requirement and be covered under the eight in 30 days ELD exemption if they operate less than 12 days in a 30-day period. The exemption is effective Oct. 1, 2019-Oct. 1, 2024.

Transco 30-Minute Rest Break Exemption
FMCSA announces its decision to grant Transco Inc. an exemption to allow its drivers to satisfy the 30-minute rest break requirement with 30 minutes of on-duty-not-driving time. The exemption applies to Transco drivers in its grocery division who make wholesale deliveries to grocery and convenience stores. The exemption is effective Aug. 28, 2019-Aug. 28, 2024.

RJR Transportation Short-Haul RODS Exemption
FMCSA announces its decision to grant RJR Transportation Inc. an exemption from the short-haul hours-of-service (HOS) requirements. The exemption allows RJR drivers to drive within 150 air miles of their work reporting location, instead of 100 air miles, and still operate under the short-haul record of duty status (RODS) exemption. The exemption is effective June 7, 2019-June 7, 2024.

WestRock 14 Hour Rule Exemption
FMCSA announces its decision to extend the exemption granted to WestRock, formerly known as RockTenn, for short trips to their loading docks. The WestRock exemption from FMCSA’s 14 hour rule is limited to WestRock drivers operating commercial motor vehicles between WestRock shipping and receiving departments only, on the public road (Compress Street). The “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act” (FAST Act) extended the expiration date of hours-of-service (HOS) exemptions in effect on the date of enactment of the FAST Act to 5 years from the date of issuance. The exemption is effective April 17, 2019-April 16, 2024.

American Concrete Pavement Association 30-Minute Rest Break and Short-Haul RODS Exemption
FMCSA announces its decision to grant the American Concrete Pavement Association an exemption that allows drivers transporting ready-mixed concrete and related materials and equipment in vehicles other than those equipped with rotating mixer drums, to use 30 minutes of on-duty “waiting time” to satisfy the 30-minute rest break requirement. Additionally the exemption allows these drivers to return to their work reporting location within 14 hours, instead of 12 hours, and still utilize the short-haul record of duty status (RODS) exemption. The exemption is effective Feb. 6, 2019-Feb. 6, 2024.

Mobile Cranes (SC&RA) 30-Minute Rest Break Exemption
FMCSA announces its decision to grant the Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association (SC&RA) an exemption from the 30-minute rest break requirement of the agency’s hours-of-service regulations for all qualifying motor carriers and drivers operating mobile cranes with a rated lifting capacity of greater than 30 tons. The exemption is effective Nov. 1, 2016-Nov. 1, 2023.

American Concrete Pumping Association Short-Haul RODS Exemption
FMCSA announces the decision to grant the American Concrete Pumping Association’s (ACPA) exemption request. The exemption allows concrete pump operators, concrete pumping companies and drivers who operate concrete pumps to return to their work reporting location within 14 hours, instead of 12 hours, and still utilize the short-haul record of duty status (RODS) exemption. The exemption is effective Nov. 1, 2018-Oct. 31, 2023.
  
Waste Management Holding Inc. Short-Haul RODS Exemption
FMCSA announces the decision to grant Waste Management Holding Inc.’s (WMH) exemption request. The exemption allows all WMH drivers who collect waste and recycled materials to return to their work reporting location within 14 hours, instead of 12 hours, and still utilize the short-haul record of duty status (RODS) exemption. The exemption is effective Oct. 22, 2018-Oct. 22, 2023.

DOD/SDDC 30-Minute Rest Break Exemption
FMCSA announces its decision to extend the exemption from the minimum 30-minute rest break provision of the agency’s hours-of-service (HOS) regulations for commercial motor vehicle drivers working under contract to the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DOD) Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC). The exemption will enable SDDC’s contract motor carriers and their employed drivers engaged in the transportation of weapons, munitions and sensitive classified cargo to have the same regulatory flexibility provided for drivers transporting explosives. The exempted drivers will be allowed to use 30 minutes or more of attendance time to meet the HOS rest break requirements, providing they do not perform any other work during the break. The exemption is effective Oct. 20, 2017-Oct. 21, 2023.

NTTC/MTA 30-Minute Rest Break Exemption 
FMCSA announces its decision to grant an exemption from the minimum 30-minute rest break provision of the agency’s hours-of-service (HOS) regulations for commercial motor vehicle drivers engaged in the transportation of specified types of petroleum-based fuels who would otherwise have to observe the rest break when their duty day unexpectedly exceeds 12 hours. The exemption is effective April 9, 2018-April 10, 2023.

National Asphalt Pavement Association HOS Exemptions
FMCSA announces its decision to grant two exemption requests to the National Asphalt Pavement Association. The first exemption will enable drivers engaged in the transportation of asphalt and related materials to use 30 minutes or more of on-duty ‘‘waiting time’’ to satisfy the requirement for the 30-minute rest break, provided they do not perform any other work during the break. The second exemption will allow these drivers to use the short-haul exception but return to their work reporting location within 14 hours instead of the usual 12 hours.. The exemption is effective Jan. 26, 2018-Jan. 25, 2023.

Rail Delivery Services HOS Exemption
FMCSA announces its decision to grant an exemption request, originally submitted by Rail Delivery Services, Inc. The exemption applies to drivers who may not qualify for the 100 air-mile radius log book exemption. Company drivers who stay within the 100 air-mile radius, but may occasionally take more than 12 hours to return to their work-reporting location, are exempt from having to complete a daily record of duty status on those days. Instead, the drivers will use an electronic logging device (ELD) at all times to track all hours-of-service data. The exemption is effective Nov. 14, 2017-Nov. 14, 2022.

ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor 14 Hour Rule Exemption
FMCSA announces its decision to grant ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor LLC (AM) an exemption from the 14 hour rule. The exemption would allow AM’s employee-drivers with commercial driver’s licenses who transport steel coils between their production and shipping locations on public roads to work up to 16 hours per day and return to work with less than the mandatory 10 consecutive hours off duty. The exemption is effective Sept. 23, 2016-Sept. 23, 2021.

Farruggios Express Time Card Requirements Exemption
FMCSA announces its decision to grant Farruggio’s Express (Farruggio), an exemption from the timecard requirements for its drivers who may not meet all of the conditions for use of the logbook exception for operations within a 100 air-mile radius of the normal work reporting location. This exemption enables Farruggio’s drivers who stay within the 100 air-mile radius, but may occasionally exceed the 12-hour limitation, from having to complete a daily record of duty status (RODS). Instead, the drivers will at all times use an electronic logging system called Geotab to track hours-of-service (HOS) data, including real-time vehicle locations. The exemption is effective Aug. 10, 2016-Aug. 10, 2021.

DOE 30-Minute Rest Break Exemption
FMCSA announces its decision to renew the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) exemption request from the 30-minute hours-of-service (HOS) regulations for commercial motor vehicle drivers. The exemption will enable DOE’s contract motor carriers and their employee-drivers transporting security-sensitive radioactive materials to use 30 minutes or more of on-duty attendance time to meet the HOS rest break requirement, providing they do not perform any other work during the break. The exemption is effective June 30, 2015-Sept. 29, 2020.

Hazardous Materials Transporters 30-Minute Rest Break Exemption
FMCSA announces its decision to extend the exemption granted to the American Truck Associations (ATA) on behalf of motor carriers whose drivers transport hazardous materials requiring constant attendance. The exemption allows drivers for motor carriers transporting security-sensitive hazardous materials requiring a security plan to use 30 minutes or more of attendance time to meet the hours of service rest break requirement, providing they do not perform any other work during the break. The “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act” (FAST Act) extended the expiration date of HOS exemptions in effect on the date of enactment of the FAST Act to 5 years from the date of issuance. The exemption is effective Aug. 21, 2015-Aug. 20, 2020. 

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Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation

Adirondak Transit Lines, Pine Hill Kingston Bus Corp. and Passenger Bus Corp. Commercial Motor Vehicle Marking Rules Exemption Request
FMCSA announces the approval of a joint exemption request from Adirondack Transit Lines Inc., Pine Hill Kingston Bus Corp. and Passenger Bus Corp., allowing their passenger carrying commercial motor vehicles to operate without the required display of the motor carrier name and U.S. DOT number. The exemption is effective June 1, 2020-May 28, 2025.

Laydon Composites Rear Identification and Clearance Lamp Placement Exemption Request
FMCSA announces the approval of an exemption request from Laydon Composites Ltd., allowing motor carriers utilizing Laydon’s OptiTailTM aerodynamic device to have lamps lower than currently allowed. The exemption is effective May 18, 2020-May 19, 2025.

Lytx Windshield Mounting Exemption Request
FMCSA announces approval of Lytx Inc.’s exemption application. The exemption allows Lytx’s advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) to be mounted lower in the windshield on commercial motor vehicles than is currently permitted. The original exemption was corrected by FMCSA to clarify that the ADAS can be mounted 8 inches below the upper edge of the windshield wipers. The exemption is effective May 21, 2020-May 18, 2025.

Navistar Windshield Mounting Exemption
FMCSA announces approval of Navistar Inc.’s exemption application. The exemption allows Navistar’s advanced drivers-assistance systems cameras to be mounted on the windshield lower than is currently allowed. The exemption is effective Nov. 25, 2019-Nov. 25, 2024.

Groendyke Transport Amber Brake-Activated Pulsating Lamp Exemption
FMCSA announces approval of Groendyke Transport exemption application. The exemption allows Groendyke Transport to use amber brake-activated pulsating lamps on the rear of its trailers in addition to the required steady burning brake lamps. The exemption is effective April 26, 2019-April 26, 2024.

SmartDrive Windshield Mounting Exemption
FMCSA announces approval of SmartDrive System Inc.’s exemption application. The exemption allows Smart Drive’s advanced drivers-assistance systems cameras to be mounted on the windshield lower than is currently allowed. The exemption is effective April 15, 2019-April 15, 2024.

AFTC of ATA Cargo Securement Exemption
FMCSA announces approval of an exemption application from the Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference (AFTC) of the American Trucking Associations (ATA). The exemption allows for alternative methods of securement of agricultural commodities transported in wood and plastic boxes, large fiberglass tubs and large grouped bales. Motor carrier operating under the exemption must use an approved alternate securement method for wooden boxes/plastic bins and large grouped balesThe exemption is effective April 15, 2019-April 15, 2024.

Stinger-Steered Automobile Transporter Warning Flags Exemption
FMCSA announces approval of the Automobile Carriers Conference of ATA’s five-year limited exemption that allows motor carriers operating stinger-steered automobile transporter equipment to operate with projecting loads of new motor vehicles, without warning flags. The exemption is effective Feb. 15, 2019-Feb. 15, 2024.

Stoneridge Mirror Exemption
FMCSA announces approval of Stoneridge Inc.’s five-year limited exemption that allows motor carriers to utilize the company’s Mirror Eye Camera Monitoring System instead of two rear-vision mirrors. The exemption is effective Feb. 21, 2019-Feb. 13, 2024.

Castigonli Sleeper Berth Exemption
FMCSA announces approval of Castigonli Enterprises’ five-year limited exemption, allowing a sleeper berth to be installed in the bed of Ford F-350 pickup trucks that are considered commercial motor vehicles when pulling certain trailers. The exemption is effective Oct. 19, 2018-Oct. 19, 2023.

Traditional Trucking Corporation GPS Exemption
FMCSA announces approval of the Traditional Trucking Corporation’s application for a five-year exemption for global positioning system (GPS) mounting. This exemption allows all commercial motor vehicle operators to mount a GPS within the vehicle safety technology area of the windshield. The exemption is effective Aug. 22, 2018-Aug. 22, 2023.

STEMCO Lamp Exemption
FMCSA issues notice granting STEMCO LP’s (STEMCO) application for a limited five-year exemption to allow motor carriers to operate certain commercial motor vehicles that are equipped with STEMCO’s TrailerTail® aerodynamic device with rear identification lamps and rear clearance lamps that are mounted lower than currently permitted by the agency’s regulations. The exemption is effective Feb. 14, 2018-Feb.14, 2023.

TowMate Use of Rechargeable Wireless Stop, Turn and Tail Lighting Systems Exemption
FMCSA announces its decision to renew TowMate LLC’s application for a limited five-year exemption to allow motor carriers to operate rechargeable wireless temporary stop, turn and tail lighting systems during temporary towing operations. Under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), all required lamps, with the exception of battery-powered lamps used on projecting loads, must be powered by the electrical system of the motor vehicle. The agency has determined that use of rechargeable wireless temporary stop, turn and tail lighting systems during temporary towing operations would not have an adverse impact on safety, and use of these systems under the terms and conditions of the exemption would achieve a level of safety equivalent to or greater than the level of safety provided by the regulation. This decision is consistent with an August 2005 amendment to the FMCSRs to allow battery powered lamps on the rear of projecting loads. The exemption is effective Feb. 9, 2018-Feb. 9, 2023.

Daimler Trucks Windshield Mounted Camera Exemption
FMCSA announces its decision to grant Daimler Trucks North America LLC’s (DTNA) application for a limited 5-year exemption allowing motor carriers operating commercial motor vehicles manufactured by the company to use an Attention Assist and Lane Departure Warning system camera mounted lower in the windshield than is currently permitted. The exemption is effective Feb. 1, 2018-Jan. 31, 2023.

Ford Motor Company Exhaust System Exemption
FMCSA announces its decision to renew an exemption to allow motor carriers to operate Ford’s transit-based commercial motor vehicles that do not meet the exhaust system location requirements in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). The exemption is effective Aug. 15, 2017-Aug. 15, 2022.

Hino Motors Windshield Mounted Camera Exemption
FMCSA announces its decision to grant Hino Motors Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc.’s (Hino) application for a limited 5-year exemption allowing motor carriers operating commercial motor vehicles manufactured by the company to use an Automated Emergency Braking system and a Lane Departure Warning system camera mounted in the windshield area at a height lower than currently allowed. The exemption is effective Aug. 3, 2017-Aug. 3, 2022.

Institute of Towing and Recovery Securement Ties Exemption
FMCSA announces its decision to grant the International Institute of Towing and Recovery’s (IITR) application for a limited five year exemption allowing its operators to secure cars, trucks and vans using four tiedowns, two of which are fixed and two adjustable, rather than using two adjustable tiedowns. The exemption is effective May 8, 2017-May 8, 2022.

Metal Coils on a Flatbed Exemption
FMCSA announces its decision to renew the Flatbed Carrier Safety Group’s exemption, which allows the securement of metal coils on a flatbed vehicle, in a sided vehicle or in an intermodal container loaded with eyes crosswise, grouped in rows, in which the coils are loaded to contact each other in the longitudinal direction. The exemption is effective April 21, 2017-April 21, 2022.

Heavy Hauler Trailer Definition Exemption for ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor
FMCSA announces its decision to grant ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor LLC (AM) which allows AM to use coil carriers that do not meet the ‘‘heavy hauler trailer’’ definition, height of rear side marker lights restrictions, tire loading restrictions, and the coil securement requirements. The exemption is effective Sept. 23, 2016-Sept. 23, 2021.

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Qualification of Driver’s License Standards

FMCSA announces the approval of an exemption request from Motion Picture Compliance Solutions (MPCS), allowing MPCS member companies to only perform a limited query of the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse before hiring employees for safety-sensitive functions. The exemption is effective June 1, 2020-May 28, 2025.

U.S. Custom Harvester Inc.’s CDL Exemption
FMCSA announces the decision to grant U.S. Custom Harvesters Inc.’s exemption request. The exemption allows custom harvester drivers with a “K” restriction on their CDL to operate in interstate commerce. The exemption is effective Oct. 3, 2018-Oct. 3, 2023.

CRST CLP Exemption
FMCSA announces its decision to renew the CRST Expedited (CRST) exemption from the regulation that requires a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holder to be accompanied by a commercial driver’s license (CDL) holder with the proper CDL class and endorsements, seated in the front seat of the vehicle while the CLP holder performs behind-the-wheel training on public roads or highways. Under the terms and conditions of this exemption, a CLP holder who has documentation of passing the CDL skills test may drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) for CRST without being accompanied by a CDL holder in the front seat of the vehicle. The exemption enables CLP holders to drive as part of a team and have the same regulatory flexibility as CRST team drivers with CDLs. The exemption is effective Sept. 23, 2018-Sept. 24, 2023.

New Prime Inc. CLP Exemption
FMCSA announces its decision to grant New Prime Inc. an exemption from the provisions that require a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holder to be accompanied by a commercial driver’s license (CDL) holder with the proper CDL class and endorsements, seated in the front seat of the vehicle while the CLP holder performs behind-the-wheel training on public roads or highways. Under the terms and conditions of this exemption, a CLP holder who has documentation of passing the CDL skills test may drive a commercial motor vehicle for New Prime without being accompanied by a CDL holder in the front seat. The exemption is effective June 27, 2017-June 27, 2022.

C.R. England Inc. CLP Exemption
FMCSA announces its decision to grant C.R. England Inc. an exemption from the provisions that require a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holder to be accompanied by a commercial driver’s license (CDL) holder with the proper CDL class and endorsements, seated in the front seat of the vehicle while the CLP holder performs behind-the-wheel training on public roads or highways. Under the terms and conditions of this exemption, a CLP holder who has documentation of passing the CDL skills test may drive a commercial motor vehicle for C.R. England without being accompanied by a CDL holder in the front seat. The exemption is effective June 13, 2017-June 12, 2022.

Recreational Vehicle CDL Exemption
FMCSA announces its decision to grant an exemption from the federal commercial driver’s license (CDL) requirements for drivers who deliver certain newly manufactured motorhomes and recreational vehicles (RVs) to dealers or trade shows before retail sale (driveaway operations). Drivers engaged in driveaway deliveries of RVs with gross vehicle weight ratings of 26,001 pounds or more will not be required to have a CDL as long as the empty RVs have gross vehicle weights or gross combination weights that do not meet or exceed 26,001 pounds, and any RV trailers towed by other vehicles weigh 10,000 pounds or less. RV units that have a combined gross vehicle weight exceeding 26,000 pounds are not covered by the exemption. The exemption is effective April 6, 2017-April 6, 2022.

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State-Specific Exemptions

Virginia DMV Exemption from the Skills Performance Evaluation
FMCSA announces its decision to renew the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) exemption on behalf of truck and bus drivers who are licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia and need a Skill Performance Evaluation (SPE) certificate from FMCSA to operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce. The exemption enables interstate CMV drivers who are licensed in Virginia and are subject to the federal SPE requirements to continue to fulfill the federal requirements with a state-issued SPE and to operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce anywhere in the United States. The exemption is effective July 9, 2016-July 8, 2023.

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NHTSA FMVSS Exemptions

Autocar Low Brake Air Pressure Telltale Exemption
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announces its decision to grant Autocar an exemption from Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 101, Controls and Displays. Autocar Xspotter and Xpediter trucks model year 2014-2018 display the words “Brake Pressure” along with a symbol specific to the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, not the words “Air Brake” as required by FMVSS No. 101. All Autocar Xspotter and Xpediter trucks with model year 2014-2018, manufactured between Sept. 12, 2013 and Aug. 4, 2017, are exempt from this safety standard. This exemption is permanent and was effective June 27, 2018.

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Recently Expired Exemptions

American Pyrotechnics ELD Exemption
FMCSA announces its decision to grant the American Pytrotechnics Association’s (APA) members an exemption from the electronic logging device (ELD) requirements for all commercial motor vehicle drivers during the Independence Day period of June 28-July 8 each year. The exemption is effective June 28-July 8 in 2019 and 2020.

Illumination Fireworks and ACE Pyro 14 Hour Rule Exemption
FMCSA announces its decision to extend the Illumination Fireworks LLC and ACE Pyro LLC exemption from the prohibition on driving commercial motor vehicles after the 14 hour after coming on duty. The exemption is effective June 28, 2016-July 8, 2020.

American Pyrotechnics Association 14 Hour Rule Exemption
FMCSA announces its decision to extend the American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) and its 51 members, an exemption from the prohibition on driving commercial motor vehicles after the 14 hour after the driver comes on duty. The FAST Act extended the expiration date of hours-of-service (HOS) exemptions in effect on the date of enactment of the FAST Act to 5 years from the date of issuance. The exemption is effective June 28, 2017-July 8, 2020.

Regular-Route Passenger Carrier Exemption for Daily Log
FMCSA announces its decision to grant Adirondack Trailways, Pine Hill Trailways, New York Trailways and all other regular-route passenger carriers and their drivers a renewal of their exemption from the HOS record of duty status requirement to enter a change in duty status on the daily log for breaks in driving time of 10 minutes or less, for the limited purpose of picking up or dropping off passengers, baggage or small express packages. The exemption is effective June 4, 2015-June 4, 2020.

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Emergency Declarations

Emergency Declarations
Visit the CVSA Emergency Declarations page for a full list of national and jurisdictional emergency declarations.

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