FMCSA delays publication of proposed HOS changes

November 2, 2011

Washington – Publication of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposed changes to the Department of Transportation’s hours-of-service rule – originally due Oct. 28 – has been delayed, according to an agency statement.

The proposed changes, which would reduce the maximum daily driving time and on-duty time for commercial drivers as well as add restrictions on weekly driving limits, was forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget for review on Nov. 1.

The proposed changes have faced resistance by politicians and trucking industry interest groups, with some claiming the changes would reduce the productivity and would not measurably improve the safety of drivers. Safety interest groups that have filed suit to have the HOS rules changed argue that the proposed changes are necessary to increase the safety and health of truck drivers and protect other motorists on the road.

In the statement, FMCSA said it would provide an update on the proposed changes to the courts on Nov. 28.