Enabling the Public Utility Exemption

The public utility exemption allows you to work on urgent, non-scheduled public utility services, like restoring electricity or fixing gas leaks, without using any on-duty or driving time. The time spent working under the public utility exemption is considered off-duty time.

The public utility exemption is off by default and normal HOS rules are enforced. If you are eligible and you have the option available in your account, you can enable the exemption from within the WorkPlan app.

While you are using the public utility exemption, your HOS status shows as Off Duty and you cannot change your status. Any driving time does not count as driving time in your HOS logs.

To enable the exemption:

1.Go to the HOS Status screen.
2.Tap Actions in the lower part of the screen.

 
3.Tap Exemptions.


 

4.Tap the switch next to Public Utility Exemption so that the indicator turns blue.

 
5.Tap Done.

If you are eligible for the public utility exemption, you can also enable the exemption from the Exemptions screen that appears when you sign in to WorkPlan.

You can disable the public utility exemption if the exemption is currently enabled. To disable the exemption:

1.Go to the HOS Status screen.
2.Tap Actions in the lower part of the screen.
3.Tap Exemptions.
4.Tap the switch next to Public Utility Exemption to turn off the exemption.

When you sign out of the app, the public utility exemption is automatically turned off.