Pickup Truck Sleeper Cab – A one-truck champion in Massachusetts, petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to be allowed to install a bed in the area of its Ford F-350 pick-up truck. Beds in pickup beds do not meet the access, location, exit, communication or occupational constraints in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR). Castignoli Enterprises believes that because he is the sole owner-operator, this requirement does not apply to his operations.
“The current FMCSR regulatory requirements for more bed access seem to depend on the assumption that one driver is driving while the other driver is in bed, and the truck is moving at any time,” Castignoli said in an exception request.
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The company owner added that as a single driver, when he is not on duty, the vehicle does not move and “direct access to the bed area is not needed.” In addition, he said because the vehicle is not moving, “It is not necessary for the occupant restraint system or means of communication with driver. All other dimensional requirements, ventilation and protection against exhaust and fuel leaks will be fulfilled. ”
FMCSA noted in the request that the applicant stated that as a result of mobility problems associated with a partially fused spine, it was easier for him to access the bed in his truck bed than could be installed in the back seat of the truck. pickup that meets FMCSR requirements.
FMCSA looks for public comments about exception requests, which can be done here until May 24.