September 6, 2018: Department of Transportation Explores Trucking Rule Changes

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking public comments regarding specific areas of the Hours of Service regulations for commercial drivers. Following the introduction of electronic logging devices and the equipment’s ability to accurately record compliance with the HOS regulations, Congress and the public have made several requests to FMCSA asking the agency to reconsider some of the HOS provisions.
The four areas being reconsidered are expanding the 100 air-mile short-haul HOS limit from 12 hours on duty to 14 hours on duty, extending the HOS exception for adverse driving conditions from 14 hours to 16 hours on duty, adjusting the mandatory 30-minute rest break provision for drivers after 8 hours of continuous driving, and the possibility of reinstating the option for drivers to split up the required 10 hour off duty rest break for drivers that have a sleeper berth compartment in their truck.
Interested parties may submit comments on the ANPRM until September 24, 2018.
On September 14th a listening session will be held at US Department of Transportation building located at 1200 New Jersey Ave, SE, Washington, D.C. The session is scheduled to begin at 1:00 pm and expected to end at 3:00 pm. The listening session will be live streamed for those who are unable to attend. During the live stream, attendees are permitted to submit questions to listeningsession@dot.gov.

Department of Transportation explores trucking rule changes