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Hours of Service (HOS) of Drivers; American Pyrotechnics Assn. (APA) Application for Exemption From the 14-Hour Rule; Request To Add New Member to Current APA Exemption

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Hours of Service (HOS) of Drivers; American Pyrotechnics Assn. (APA) Application for Exemption From the 14-Hour Rule; Request To Add New Member to Current APA Exemption

Randi F. Hutchinson
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
7 July 2017

[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 129 (Friday, July 7, 2017)]
[Pages 31683-31686]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-14262]



Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2007-28043]

Hours of Service (HOS) of Drivers; American Pyrotechnics Assn. 
(APA) Application for Exemption From the 14-Hour Rule; Request To Add 
New Member to Current APA Exemption

AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of final disposition.


SUMMARY: FMCSA announces its decision to grant an exemption to the 
American Pyrotechnics Association's (APA) new member-company, Pyro 
Shows of Alabama, Inc., from the prohibition on driving commercial 
motor vehicles (CMVs) after the 14th hour after the driver comes on 
duty. During the 2016 Independence Day period 51 APA members held such 
an exemption, effective during the period June 28 through July 8 each 
year through 2020. APA advised FMCSA of the discontinuance of the 
exemption for one carrier; with the addition of the new member the 
total remains at 51. The exemption granted to Pyro Shows of Alabama, 
Inc. will terminate at the same time as the other 50 exempted carriers. 
FMCSA has determined that the terms and conditions of the exemption 
ensure a level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level of 
safety achieved without the exemption.

DATES: These exemptions from 49 CFR 395.3(a)(2) are effective from June 
28 through July 8, at 11:59 p.m. local time, each year through 2020.

    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments, go to www.regulations.gov at any time or visit Room W12-140 
on the ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, 
except Federal holidays. The on-line Federal Docket Management System 
(FDMS) is available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. If you want 
acknowledgment that we received your comments, please include a self-
addressed, stamped envelope or postcard or print the acknowledgement 
page that appears after submitting comments on-line.
    Privacy Act: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits 
comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT 
posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information 
the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the 
system of records notice (DOT/ALL-14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at 

and Carrier Operations Division; Office of Carrier, Driver and Vehicle 
Safety Standards; Telephone: 614-942-6477. Email: MCPSD@dot.gov. If you 
have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, contact 
Docket Services, telephone (202) 366-9826.


I. Public Participation

Viewing Comments and Documents

    To view comments, as well as documents mentioned in this preamble 
as being available in the docket, go to www.regulations.gov and insert 
the docket number, ``FMCSA-2007-28043'' in the ``Keyword'' box and 
click ``Search.'' Next, click ``Open Docket Folder'' button and choose 
the document listed to review. If you do not have access to the 
Internet, you may view the docket online by visiting the Docket 
Management Facility in Room W12-140 on the ground floor of the DOT West 
Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 
a.m. and 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

II. Legal Basis

    FMCSA has authority under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315 to grant 
exemptions from certain parts of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety 
Regulations. FMCSA must publish a notice of each exemption request in 
the Federal Register (49 CFR

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381.315(a)). The Agency must provide the public an opportunity to 
inspect the information relevant to the application, including any 
safety analyses that have been conducted. The Agency must also provide 
an opportunity for public comment on the request.
    The Agency reviews the safety analyses and the public comments, and 
determines whether granting the exemption would likely achieve a level 
of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be 
achieved by the current regulation (49 CFR 381.305). The decision of 
the Agency must be published in the Federal Register (49 CFR 
381.315(b)) with the reason for the grant or denial, and, if granted, 
the specific person or class of persons receiving the exemption, and 
the regulatory provision or provisions from which exemption is granted. 
The notice must also specify the effective period of the exemption (up 
to 5 years), and explain the terms and conditions of the exemption. The 
exemption may be renewed (49 CFR 381.300(b)).
APA Application for Exemption
    The HOS rule in 49 CFR 395.3(a)(2) prohibits the driver of a 
property-carrying CMV from driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) 
after the 14th hour after coming on duty following 10 consecutive hours 
off duty. The APA, a trade association representing the domestic 
fireworks industry, was granted exemptions for 51 member companies 
through the annual Independence Day periods ending on July 8, 2020 [81 
FR 43701, July 5, 2016]. APA has requested an additional exemption for 
Pyro Shows of Alabama Inc. (USDOT 2859710) and the discontinuance of an 
exemption for Pyrotechnico, LLC, also known as Wild Dragon Fireworks 
(USDOT 548303), maintaining the total at 51. Like the other carriers 
currently operating under the exemption, Pyro Shows of Alabama's 
exemption will also expire on July 8, 2020. Although this is less than 
the 5-year exemption period authorized by 49 U.S.C. 31315(b)(2), as 
amended by section 5206(a)(3) of the FAST Act, FMCSA believes that the 
interests of the APA members and the Agency would best be served by 
harmonizing, as far as possible, the expiration dates of all such 
fireworks-related exemptions. Like the other 50 member-companies, this 
additional member company would be subject to all of the terms and 
conditions of the exemption.
    The initial APA application for relief from the 14-hour rule was 
submitted in 2004; a copy is in the docket. That application fully 
described the nature of the pyrotechnic operations of the CMV drivers 
during a typical Independence Day period.
    As stated in the 2004 request, the CMV drivers employed by APA 
member companies are trained pyro-technicians who hold commercial 
driver's licenses (CDLs) with hazardous materials (HM) endorsements. 
They transport fireworks and related equipment by CMVs on a very 
demanding schedule during a brief Independence Day period, often to 
remote locations. After they arrive, the drivers are responsible for 
set-up and staging of the fireworks shows.
    The APA states that it is seeking an additional exemption for Pyro 
Shows of Alabama, Inc. because compliance with the current 14-hour rule 
in 49 CFR 395.3(a)(2) would impose a substantial economic hardship on 
numerous cities, towns and municipalities, as well as its member 
companies. To meet the demand for fireworks without the exemptions, APA 
states that its member companies would be required to hire a second 
driver for most trips. The APA advises that the result would be a 
substantial increase in the cost of the fireworks shows--beyond the 
means of many of its members' customers--and that many Americans would 
be denied this important component of the celebration of Independence 
Day. The 50 APA member companies currently exempt (as well as Pyro 
Shows of Alabama, seeking an exemption for the first time) are listed 
in an appendix to this notice. Pyro Shows of Alabama is identified with 
an asterisk. A copy of the request for the exemption is included in the 
docket referenced at the beginning of this notice.
Method To Ensure an Equivalent or Greater Level of Safety
    The APA believes that the exemption would not adversely affect the 
safety of the fireworks transportation provided by this motor carrier. 
According to APA, its member-companies have operated under this 
exemption for 10 previous Independence Day periods without a reported 
motor carrier safety incident. Moreover, it asserts, without the extra 
time provided by the exemption, safety would decline because APA 
drivers would be unable to return to their home base after each show. 
They would be forced to park the CMVs carrying HM 1.1G, 1.3G and 1.4G 
products in areas less secure than the motor carrier's home base. As a 
condition of holding the exemption, each motor carrier will be required 
to notify FMCSA within 5 business days of any accident (as defined in 
49 CFR 390.5) involving the operation of any its CMVs while under this 
exemption. To date, FMCSA has received no accident notifications, nor 
is the Agency aware of any accidents reportable under terms of the 
prior APA exemptions.
    In its exemption request, APA asserts that the operational demands 
of this unique industry minimize the risks of CMV crashes. In the last 
few days before July 4, these drivers transport fireworks over 
relatively short routes from distribution points to the site of the 
fireworks display, and normally do so in the early morning when traffic 
is light. At the site, they spend considerable time installing, wiring, 
and safety-checking the fireworks displays, followed by several hours 
off duty in the late afternoon and early evening prior to the event. 
During this time, the drivers are able to rest and nap, thereby 
reducing or eliminating the fatigue accumulated during the day. Before 
beginning another duty day, these drivers must take 10 consecutive 
hours off duty, the same as other CMV drivers.
Public Comments
    On May 15, 2017, FMCSA published notice of this application and 
requested public comments (82 FR 22375). One comment was submitted by 
an individual who objected to the exemption, stating ``Thank you. I am 
dead set against this especially with one of the last lines of this 
article, stating it would mean having to hire 2 drivers. Point being? 
Hire a second driver and quit it.''
FMCSA Response
    FMCSA has determined that granting an exemption to Pyro Shows of 
Alabama, Inc. will achieve a level of safety equivalent to or greater 
than the level that compliance with the 14-hour rule would ensure. 
Prior to publishing the Federal Register notice announcing the receipt 
of APA's application to add Pyro Shows of Alabama to the current list 
of carriers operating under the exemption, FMCSA ensured that the motor 
carrier possessed an active USDOT registration, minimum required levels 
of insurance, and was not subject to any ``imminent hazard'' or other 
out-of-service (OOS) orders. The Agency conducted a comprehensive 
investigation of the safety performance history on each of the motor 
carriers listed in the appendix table during the review process. As 
part of this process, FMCSA reviewed its Motor Carrier Management 
Information System safety records, including inspection and accident 
reports submitted to FMCSA by State agencies.
    With regard to safety statistics, none of the carriers, including 
Pyro Shows of Alabama, was under an imminent

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hazard or OOS order, had any alerts in the Safety Management System 
(SMS), or was under investigation by the Pipeline and Hazardous 
Materials Safety Administration. All had ``satisfactory'' safety 
ratings based on compliance reviews, and all had valid Hazardous 
Materials Safety Permits.
Terms and Conditions of the Exemption
Period of the Exemption
    The exemption from 49 CFR 395.3(a)(2) is effective from June 28 
through July 8, at 11:59 p.m. local time, each year through 2020 for 
the 51 carriers identified in this notice.
Terms and Conditions of the Exemption
    The exemptions from 49 CFR 395.3(a)(2) will be limited to drivers 
employed by the 50 motor carriers already covered by the exemption, and 
drivers employed by Pyro Shows of Alabama, which is identified by an 
asterisk in the appendix table of this notice. Section 395.3(a)(2) 
prohibits a driver from driving a CMV after the 14th hour after coming 
on duty and does not permit off-duty periods to extend the 14-hour 
limit. Drivers covered by this exemption may exclude off-duty and 
sleeper-berth time of any length from the calculation of the 14-hour 
limit. This exemption is contingent on each driver driving no more than 
11 hours in the 14-hour period after coming on duty, as extended by any 
off-duty or sleeper-berth time in accordance with this exception. The 
exemption is further contingent on each driver having a full 10 
consecutive hours off duty following 14 hours on duty prior to 
beginning a new driving period. The carriers and drivers must comply 
with all other requirements of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety 
Regulations (49 CFR parts 350-399) and Hazardous Materials Regulations 
(49 CFR parts 105-180).
    In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315(d), as implemented by 49 CFR 
381.600, during the period this exemption is in effect, no State shall 
enforce any law or regulation applicable to interstate commerce that 
conflicts with or is inconsistent with this exemption with respect to a 
firm or person operating under the exemption. States may, but are not 
required to, adopt the same exemption with respect to operations in 
intrastate commerce.
FMCSA Notification
    Exempt motor carriers are required to notify FMCSA within 5 
business days of any accidents (as defined by 49 CFR 390.5) involving 
the operation of any of their CMVs while under this exemption. The 
notification must be by email to MCPSD@DOT.GOV and include the 
following information:
    a. Name of the Exemption: ``APA''
    b. Date of the accident,
    c. City or town, and State, in which the accident occurred, or 
which is closest to the scene of the accident,
    d. Driver's name and driver's license State, number, and class,
    e. Co-Driver's name and driver's license State, number, and class,
    f. Vehicle company number and power unit license plate State and 
    g. Number of individuals suffering physical injury,
    h. Number of fatalities,
    i. The police-reported cause of the accident,
    j. Whether the driver was cited for violation of any traffic laws, 
or motor carrier safety regulations, and
    k. The total driving time and the total on-duty time of the CMV 
driver at the time of the accident.
    In addition, if there are any injuries or fatalities, the carrier 
must forward the police accident report to MCPSD@DOT.GOV as soon as 
    The FMCSA does not believe the motor carriers and drivers covered 
by this exemption will experience any deterioration of their safety 
    However, should this occur, FMCSA will take all steps necessary to 
protect the public interest, including revocation of the exemption. The 
FMCSA will immediately revoke the exemption for failure to comply with 
its terms and conditions. Exempt motor carriers and drivers would be 
subject to FMCSA monitoring while operating under this exemption.

    Issued on: June 29, 2017.
Randi F. Hutchinson,
Chief Counsel.

Appendix to Notice of Application for Approval of Motor Carriers To 
Utilize American Pyrotechnics Association's (APA) Exemption From the 
14-Hour Rule During 2017 Independence Day Celebrations

            Motor carrier                  Street address       City, state, zip code           DOT No.
1 American Fireworks Company........  7041 Darrow Road.......  Hudson, OH 44236......  103972
2 American Fireworks Display, LLC...  P.O. Box 980...........  Oxford, NY 13830......  2115608
3 AM Pyrotechnics, LLC..............  2429 East 535th Rd.....  Buffalo, MO 65622.....  1034961
4 Arthur Rozzi Pyrotechnics.........  6607 Red Hawk Ct.......  Maineville, OH 45039..  2008107
5 Atlas PyroVision Entertainment      136 Old Sharon Rd......  Jaffrey, NH 03452.....  789777
 Group, Inc.
6 Central States Fireworks, Inc.....  18034 Kincaid Street...  Athens, IL 62613......  1022659
7 East Coast Pyrotechnics, Inc......  4652 Catawba River Rd..  Catawba, SC 29704.....  545033
8 Entertainment Fireworks, Inc......  13313 Reeder Road SW...  Tenino, WA 98589......  680942
9 Falcon Fireworks..................  3411 Courthouse Road...  Guyton, GA 31312......  1037954
10 Fireworks & Stage FX America.....  12650 Hwy 67S. Suite B.  Lakeside, CA 92040....  908304
11 Fireworks by Grucci, Inc.........  20 Pinehurst Drive.....  Bellport, NY 11713....  324490
12 Flashing Thunder Fireworks dba     700 E Van Buren Street.  Mitchell, IA 50461....  420413
 Legal Aluminum King Mtg.
13 J&J Computing dba Fireworks        174 Route 17 North.....  Rochelle Park, NJ       2064141
 Extravaganza.                                                  07662.
14 Gateway Fireworks Displays.......  P.O. Box 39327.........  St Louis, MO 63139....  1325301
15 Great Lakes Fireworks............  24805 Marine...........  Eastpointe, MI 48021..  1011216
16 Hamburg Fireworks Display, Inc...  2240 Horns Mill Road SE  Lancaster, OH.........  395079
17 Hawaii Explosives & Pyrotechnics,  17-7850 N. Kulani Road.  Mountain View, HI       1375918
 Inc.                                                           96771.
18 Hollywood Pyrotechnics, Inc......  1567 Antler Point......  Eagan, MN 55122.......  1061068
19 Homeland Fireworks, Inc..........  P.O. Box 7.............  Jamieson, OR 97909....  1377525
20 Island Fireworks Co., Inc........  N1597 County Rd VV.....  Hager City, WI 54014..  414583
21 J&M Displays, Inc................  18064 170th Ave........  Yarmouth, IA 52660....  377461
22 Lantis Fireworks, Inc............  130 Sodrac Dr., Box 229  N. Sioux City, SD       534052
23 Legion Fireworks Co., Inc........  10 Legion Lane.........  Wappingers Falls, NY    554391
24 Miand Inc. dba Planet Productions  P.O. Box 294, 3999 Hupp  Kingsbury, IN 46345...  777176
 (Mad Bomber).                         Road R31.

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25 Martin & Ware Inc. dba Pyro City   P.P. Box 322...........  Hallowell, ME 04347...  734974
 Maine & Central Maine Pyrotechnics.
26 Melrose Pyrotechnics, Inc........  1 Kinsgubury Industrial  Kingsbury, IN 46345...  434586
27 Precocious Pyrotechnics, Inc.....  4420-278th Ave NW......  Belgrade, MN 56312....  435931
28 Pyro Shows, Inc..................  115 N 1st Street.......  LaFollette, TN 37766..  456818
29 *Pyro Shows of Alabama, Inc......  3325 Poplar Lane.......  Adamsville, AL 35005..  2859710
30 Pyro Shows of Texas, Inc.........  6601 9 Mile Azle Rd....  Fort Worth, TX 76135..  2432196
31 Pyro Engineering Inc., dba/Bay     400 Broadhollow Rd. Ste  Farmindale, NY 11735..  530262
 Fireworks.                            #3.
32 Pyro Spectaculars, Inc...........  3196 N Locust Ave......  Rialto, CA 92376......  029329
33 Pyro Spectaculars North, Inc.....  5301 Lang Avenue.......  McClellan, CA 95652...  1671438
34 Pyrotechnic Display, Inc.........  8450 W. St. Francis Rd.  Frankfort, IL 60423...  1929883
35 Pyrotecnico (S. Vitale             302 Wilson Rd..........  New Castle, PA 16105..  526749
 Pyrotechnic Industries, Inc.).
36 Pyrotecnico FX...................  6965 Speedway Blvd.      Las Vegas, NV 89115...  1610728
                                       Suite 115.
37 Rainbow Fireworks, Inc...........  76 Plum Ave............  Inman, KS 67546.......  1139643
38 RES Specialty Pyrotechnics.......  21595 286th St.........  Belle Plaine, MN 56011  523981
39 Rozzi's Famous Fireworks, Inc....  11605 North Lebanon Rd.  Loveland, OH 45140....  0483686
40 Sky Wonder Pyrotechnics, LLC.....  3626 CR 203............  Liverpool, TX 77577...  1324580
41 Skyworks, Ltd....................  13513 W. Carrier Rd....  Carrier, OK 73727.....  1421047
42 Sorgi American Fireworks           935 Wales Ridge Rd.....  Wales, MI 48027.......  2475727
 Michigan, LLC.
43 Spielbauer Fireworks Co, Inc.....  220 Roselawn Blvd......  Green Bay, WI 54301...  046479
44 Spirit of 76.....................  6401 West Hwy 40.......  Columbia, MO 65202....  2138948
45 Starfire Corporation.............  682 Cole Road..........  Carrolltown, PA 15722.  554645
46 Vermont Fireworks Co., Inc./       2235 Vermont Route 14    East Montpelier, VT     310632
 Northstar Fireworks Co., Inc.         South.                   05651.
47 Western Display Fireworks, Ltd...  10946 S. New Era Rd....  Canby, OR 97013.......  498941
48 Western Enterprises, Inc.........  P.O. Box 160...........  Carrier, OK 73727.....  203517
49 Wolverine Fireworks Display, Inc.  205 W Seidlers.........  Kawkawlin, MI.........  376857
50 Young Explosives Corp............  P.O. Box 18653.........  Rochester, NY 14618...  450304
51 Zambelli Fireworks MFG, Co., Inc.  P.O. Box 1463..........  New Castle, PA 16103..  033167
* Not included in 2016 list of approved carriers.

[FR Doc. 2017-14262 Filed 7-3-17; 8:45 am]

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