PHMSA issues decision regarding California’s meal and rest break requirement

PHMSA issues decision regarding California’s meal and rest break requirement

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has issued a decision preempting the state of California from enforcing its employee meal and rest break requirements for drivers transporting hazardous materials. The state requires a 30-minute unpaid meal break for each 5 hours worked and 10-minute paid rest breaks for every 4 hours worked. It has been highly debated if these rules apply to drivers working out of California terminals and to all interstate drivers passing through the state. The trucking industry has been urging Congress to pass legislation prohibiting any state from enforcing rules that conflict with FMCSA’s hours-of-service regulations. PHMSA issued its decision stating California’s rules created “an unnecessary delay in the transportation of hazardous material,” conflicted with vehicle attendance requirements for explosives shipments, and violated carriers’ filed security plans when hauling hazmat

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