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FMCSA extends comment period for proposed HOS rules

Comments now accepted through October 10

Posted September 21, 2018

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended the comment period for its advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) for potential changes to hours-of-service (HOS) rules.

FMCSA extended the deadline for the submission of comments from September 24 to October 10 on the request of organizations such as the American Trucking Association, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the National Pork Producers Council, and the National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc.

Comments may be submitted at the Federal eRulemaking Portal, where users can follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Use docket number FMCSA-2018-0248 to submit comments.

In addition, stakeholders have the opportunity to offer input during three listening sessions scheduled across the country.

The four aspects of the HOS rules that FMCSA is considering changes to are:

  • Expanding the current 100 air-mile short-haul exemption from 12 hours on duty to 14 hours on duty, 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.

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