FMCSA Considers Tweaks to Hours-of-Service Regs

The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) on Aug. 21 announced that it is seeking public comment on revising four specific areas of the federal rules that govern truck driver's sleep and rest, also known as Hours of Service.  

The four specific areas under consideration for revision are:

  • 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 after 8-hours of continuous driving; and
  • Reinstating the option for splitting up the required 10-hour off-duty rest break for drivers operating trucks that are equipped with a sleeper-berth compartment.

The comment period is open for 30 days. 

In it's official statement, FMCSA said that adherence to the requirement that trucking companies use electronic logs instead of paper logs "has reached nearly 99 percent across the trucking industry." But the mandate "has also brought focus to HOS regulations, especially with regard to certain regulations having a significant impact on agriculture and other sectors of trucking."

FMCSA will hold a public listening session in Aug. 24 in Texas and said it wants ELD vendors to "participate to address potential implementation issues should changes to the HOS rules be made."

via Business Feeds

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