FMCSA adds 3 listening sessions on proposed HOS changes
Posted September 18, 2018
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced additional listening sessions for proposed changes to the hours-of-service (HOS) rules.
The agency published a notice in August seeking public comment on four aspects of the HOS rules to which the agency is considering changes:
- Expanding the current 100 air-mile short-haul exemption from 12 hours on duty to 14 hours on duty, in order to be consistent with the rules for long-haul truck drivers;
- Extending the current 14-hour on-duty limitation by up to two hours when a truck driver encounters adverse driving conditions;
- Revising the current mandatory 30-minute break for truck drivers who drive after the 8th hour of their workday; and
- Reinstating the option for splitting up the required 10-hour off-duty rest break for drivers operating trucks equipped with a sleeper berth.
Times and dates for the additional listening sessions are:
- Saturday, Sept. 22, 10:00 a.m. to noon (PDT), National Auto Museum, 10 South Lake St., Reno, NV
- Friday, Sept. 28, 3:30 p.m. (CST), Guilt by Association Trucking Show, Joplin, MO
- Tuesday, Oct. 2, MetroPlan, Orlando, FL
The Reno listening session will be webcast for those not able to attend. Interested persons can present comments, views, and relevant research on the topics.
The FMCSA will compile all comments and take them into consideration as it decides whether to formally propose changes to the HOS rules.
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