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FMCSA’s revised HOS rule proposal remains at White House

Anticipated June 7 date passes without announcement

Posted June 10, 2019

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) delayed the release of its proposed hours-of-service rule from the original date of Friday, June 7.

The notice of proposed rulemaking was forwarded to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in March, where it remains under review. The OMB has until late June to complete its review, but the FMCSA was hoping for a quicker turnaround when it projected a June 7 publication date.

More than 5,200 public comments were collected by the FMCSA during the comment period that closed October 10, 2018. An additional comment period will open upon publication of the proposed rule.

Several changes to the HOS rules were under consideration and may be included in the proposal, including:

  • Extending the maximum workday to 14 hours for 100 air-mile drivers;
  • Extending the 14-hour limit to 16 hours when a driver encounters adverse driving conditions;
  • Revising or even eliminating the 30-minute rest break provision; and
  • Restoring flexibility to the split-sleeper-berth provision.

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