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Local #399 Transportation Services

The nature of transportation in the entertainment industry (“the industry”) is significantly different from that of the general trucking business; the primary business for standard trucking companies is the transportation of a product from one pre-determined location to another. Entertainment industry transportation departments function as a support service, among many other departments, toward the overall production of a motion picture. The industry is a fast-paced, evolving environment, and drivers must remain agile as work assignments may change depending on the needs of the production. The main purpose of industry drivers is to transport crew members and filming equipment to the next filming location.

Contract Services assists the motion picture and television transportation departments by providing beneficial programs, such as skills training, substance testing, Roster administration, and the Hours of Service course.

With the introduction of the Transportation Employment Application Management (TEAM) Portal, both drivers and employers will be able to realize efficiencies in driver qualifications and effectively meet the requirements of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and applicable local and state laws.

Electronic Logging Device Exemption

On January 19, 2018, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) granted the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) a five-year exemption from the electronic logging device (ELD) requirements for all commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers providing transportation to or from a theatrical or television motion picture production site. MPAA requested this exemption to allow these drivers to complete paper records of duty status (RODS) instead of using an ELD device.

Please see the buttons at right for ELD exemption guidance memos.