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FMCSA to Hold Public Listening Session on HOS Rules

The federal agency is scheduled to hold a public listening session on September 22 regarding potential changes to commercial drivers’ hours of service rules.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is scheduled to hold a public listening session on September 22 regarding potential changes to the federal Hours of Services (HOS) rules for commercial truck drivers.

FMCSA is considering amending four specific aspects of the HOS rules and seeks public input on the following:

  1. Expanding the 100 air-mile, short-haul HOS exemption.
  2. Extending the current 14-hour limit for on-duty drive time for up to two hours when drivers encounter adverse driving conditions.
  3. Revising the current 30-minute rest break required after eight hours of continuous driving.
  4. An option to allow drivers to split up their required 10 hours of sleeper berth time once they reach 14 hours after they've come on duty.

Earlier this month, the National Waste & Recycling Association filed comments with FMCSA requesting an industrywide exemption from the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, citing ELDs are counterproductive to safety in the industry.

Fleet Owner has more details:

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will hold a public listening session Saturday, Sept. 22 on potential changes to its Hours of Service (HOS) rules for commercial truck drivers. The listening session takes place at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, NV from 10 a.m.-noon PDT.

A session that was to be held last Friday, Sept. 14 in Washington, DC was canceled due to severe weather from Hurricane Florence. Additional listening sessions are scheduled for Friday, Sept. 28 in Joplin, MO and Tuesday, Oct. 2 in Orlando.

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