Exemptions under section 16. of the Motor Vehicle Transport Act

Pursuant to the Motor Vehicle Transport Act, the following exemptions from certain regulatory provisions of the Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations have been granted. Each exemption granted was deemed to be in the public interest and includes terms and conditions that are intended to maintain an equivalent level of motor carrier safety. The exemption is available to qualified motor carriers who operate in an industry sector and are not just members of the applicant association. The affected jurisdictions were consulted before the Minister of Transport granted these exemptions:

Applicant: Petroleum Services Association of Canada.
Exemption to allow an alternative to meeting the mandatory off-duty time and daily off-duty time requirements established under the Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations

The purpose of this exemption is to allow motor carriers and their drivers engaged in the provision of specialized services to the oil and gas industry to accumulate off-duty time while resting in sleeper berths or alternate sleep accommodations, as an alternative to meeting the mandatory off-duty time and daily off-time requirements. This exemption allows for drivers of oil well service vehicles to split their off-duty time resting in alternate sleep accommodations, under terms and conditions similar to existing provisions for drivers resting in sleeper berths, for operations within the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Applicant: Petroleum Services Association of Canada.
Exemption to allow an alternative to meeting the mandatory off-duty time and daily off-duty time requirements established under the Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations

The purpose of this exemption is to allow motor carriers and their drivers engaged in the provision of drilling rig moves as part of drilling projects for the oil and gas industry to accumulate off-duty time while resting in sleeper berths or alternate sleep accommodations, as an alternative to meeting the mandatory off-duty time and daily off-time requirements. This exemption allows for drivers of oil well service vehicles to split their off-duty time resting in alternate sleep accommodations, under terms and conditions similar to existing provisions for drivers resting in sleeper berths, for operations during the winter season (November 1st to March 31st) within the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Applicant: Fertilizer Canada.
Exemption to allow an alternative to operating under the duty cycles established under the Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations

The purpose of this exemption is to allow motor carriers and their drivers engaged in the transportation of liquid and anhydrous ammonia fertilizer products to operate under a more flexible work/rest schedule as an alternative to operating under the 7-day or 14-day cycles. This exemption is valid during the spring fertilizing seasons between April 1, 2016 and June 20, 2016. The exemption allows motor carriers to fulfill seasonal demand for specified fertilizer products while still requiring drivers to take a period of consecutive off-duty time of 36 hours within every 14-day period under certain terms and conditions, for operations within the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

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