US Postal Service Contractors: Hours of Service Exemption

Together with the National Star Route Mail Contractors Association, we are seeking an exemption to some provisions of the Hours of Service regulations for transporting mail under contract with the United States Postal Service. The goal; to allow a single driver to complete both halves of a postal split shift operation.

We need your help, and we are conducting a survey of USPS HCR contractors.

If you are an NSRMCA member – you may participate here.

If you are not an NSRMCA member, but have 1 or more Highway Contract Route (HCR) with the USPS, you may contact Joel Beal here.

We propose that all drivers hauling US Mail under contract to the United States Postal Service be eligible for an exemption from 49 CFR §395.3(a)(2) of the hours of service regulations. We propose that a driver may not drive a US Mail-carrying commercial motor vehicle more than 10 hours following 8 consecutive hours off duty; nor drive after having been on duty 15 hours following 8 consecutive hours off duty.

To qualify for this exemption, a driver must have a rest opportunity. The NSRMCA proposes that this include a sleeper berth as defined in 49 CFR §395.2 and 383.76, or nearby rest facilities that would include a driver’s residence or commercial lodging facility.

Are you a USPS Contractor? You Need to Join Us in San Diego

The National Star Route Mail Contractors Association (NSRMCA) will be holding its annual meeting in San Diego August 24-27. If you are a contractor for the United States Postal Service – you need to be at this meeting. Not a member of the NSRMCA? Attend as a guest and if you like what you see – we’ll sign you up as a member.

LoadTrek will be there – we are actively participating in the meetings and we are running a project that could dramatically change the way all USPS contractors operate. It will be unveiled at the meeting. And no, you don’t need to be a LoadTrek client to take advantage of this program. There are other initiatives in place that will change the way you do business. Check it out, big news is coming.

Attending our meeting will be Congressman Darrell Issa of California, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee. Patrick R. Donahoe, Postmaster General will be attending along with other USPS officials.

Learn more about the NSRMCA here.

Questions? Contact Joel Beal.