FMCSA announces livestreamed listening sessions for proposed changes to trucker hours-of-service rules
Washington — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will conduct multiple public listening sessions regarding an advance notice of proposed rulemaking on its hours-of-service regulations for commercial truck drivers.
According to a notice published in the Sept. 27 Federal Register, the meetings will take place:
- Sept. 28 at 4 State Trucks in Joplin, MO.
- Oct. 2 at MetroPlan Orlando in Orlando, FL.
FMCSA also has scheduled a session for Oct. 10 at the Department of Transportation, a Sept. 26 announcement from the agency states. A previously scheduled session in Washington was postponed because of Hurricane Florence.
Livestreams of each meeting will be available at fmcsa.dot.gov/calendar.
As outlined in a notice published in the Aug. 23 Federal Register, FMCSA is considering the following revisions:
- Expanding the current 100 air-mile “short-haul” exemption to 14 hours on duty from 12 hours on duty, to be consistent with 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 eight hours of continuous driving.
- Reinstating the option for splitting up the required 10-hour off-duty rest break for drivers operating trucks equipped with sleeper berth compartments.
The agency also is requesting input on separate petitions seeking relief from HOS rules:
- To allow covered commercial motor vehicle operators one rest break – for up to three consecutive hours – during every 14-hour on-duty period (filed by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association).
- To allow covered CMV operators to use multiple off-duty periods of at least three hours in place of taking 10 consecutive hours off duty (filed by TruckerNation.org).
Comments on the ANPRM are due by Oct. 10.