Ch-ch-ch-changes

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is considering changing the hours of service regulations and wants your input on these four aspects:

  • the short-haul HOS limit
  • the HOS exception for adverse driving conditions
  • the 30-minute rest break provision
  • and the sleeper berth rule to allow drivers to split their required time in the sleeper berth.

You can get involved in several ways:

A listening session will be in Reno, Nevada on September 22nd at 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. It will be held at:
National Automobile Museum
10 South Lake Street
Reno, NV 89501


The four specific areas under consideration for revision and two petitions include:

  • 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.
  • Petitions received from the Owner Operators and Independent Drivers Association and TruckerNation.

Please follow this link to RSVP for this event, and find further information.

(The Reno, Nevada listening session will be webcast for the benefit of those not able to attend in person, but still want to participate. This session will allow interested persons to present comments, views, and relevant research on topics mentioned above. All comments will be transcribed and placed in the rulemaking docket for the FMCSA’s consideration.

For questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Bill Cunnane at william.cunnane@dot.gov or 202-366-0055.)

FMCSA has also extended the comment period for its August 23, 2018, ANPRM concerning hours of service for drivers of property-carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs)  from September 24, 2018, to October 10, 2018. The comment period for the ANPRM published August 23, 2018 at 83 FR 42631 is extended. Comments on the ANPRM must be received on or before October 10, 2018.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by Docket Number FMCSA-
2018-0248 using any one of the following methods:

  • Federal Rulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
  • Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
  • Fax: 202-493-2251.
  • Hand Delivery or Courier: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
  • Submissions Containing Confidential Business Information (CBI): Mr. Brian Dahlin, Chief, Regulatory Evaluation Division, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20590.

To avoid duplication, please use only one of these four methods.
See the “Public Participation and Request for Comments” heading under
the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below for instructions regarding
submitting comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Tom Yager, Chief, Driver and
Carrier Operations Division, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590, at (202) 366-4325, or via email at mcpsd@dot.gov.

If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, contact Docket Services, telephone (202) 366-9826.

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