Moving Industry Applauds Hours-of-Service Rules Exception to Help Get Moving Vans Off Local Streets and to a Safer Location

May 31, 2018

ALEXANDRIA, VA — Today, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced new guidance, effective immediately, that will allow household goods drivers to leave a customer’s residence to find a safe place for overnight parking after the 14th hour of their duty time elapses. Specifically, the FMCSA will now allow commercial drivers to use “personal conveyance” status to leave a shipper or receiver and travel to a safe location for the rest break.

Personal conveyance status — which does not count against on-duty time — was last updated in 1997. Since 2014, the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) has fought on behalf of the moving and storage industry to secure relief from the 14-hour duty time rule. This new guidance will expire on May 31, 2023.

“The operational demands of the household goods transportation industry are unique in that our motor carriers spend a majority of their ‘duty time’ outside the truck by interacting with the consumer, taking inventory of the items, and wrapping and securing their shipment for travel,” said AMSA President and CEO Scott Michael. “Despite adequate business planning, unforeseen delays can occur at a consumer’s residence under which compliance with the 14-hour rule is nearly impossible. I applaud Administrator Ray Martinez for enacting this common-sense reform to help movers, as well as the customers they serve, move and operate safely and efficiently.”

“Until now, household goods drivers were forced to leave their large truck in residential neighborhoods. This untenable situation diminished safety by reducing neighborhood road traffic visibility in early-morning hours, inviting theft or damage of a family’s goods, and presenting a possibly dangerous playground for kids,” said AMSA Vice President of Government Affairs Paul Milotte. “In some circumstances, leaving a large commercial moving van overnight is simply not permitted by local ordinances, forcing movers to halt or delay completion of a move. This can cause real economic harm to families closing on the sale of a home, or delaying pre-booked travel or the start of new employment. Credit is due to the administrator, his staff and key congressional advocates for pushing this vital reform across the finish line.”

AMSA urges all motor carriers and drivers transporting household goods to review this information for details on how to comply with this change. For more information about AMSA, visit ProMover.org.

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The American Moving & Storage Association, home of the ProMover certification program, is the national trade association representing the nation’s moving and storage companies, which provide household goods moving services, specialized transportation for sensitive freight such as computers and trade show exhibits, and warehouse storage services. The association has approximately 3,500 members, including domestic and international companies and industry suppliers, and supports programs and activities that promote consumer protection, professional development, safety, and operational efficiency. Find out more at Moving.org.