WASHINGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced it will hold four listening sessions in January to gather information and comments as the agency prepares a rulemaking proposal on Hours of Service requirements for property-carrying commercial vehicle drivers.
The agency wants to hear about topics such as rest and on-duty time, sleeper berth use and the effect the current Hours of Service rule has on loading and unloading times for drivers, the FMCSA said.
A record of the listening sessions will be placed in the public docket for the rulemaking.
“Public input is critical to the rulemaking process,” FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro said. “The public listening sessions will provide opportunities for a broad cross-section of stakeholders to present views, comments and relevant research on this forthcoming federal safety regulation proposal.”
As part of a settlement in a suit filed against FMCSA by safety advocate groups, FMCSA has agreed to issue a new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in 2010.
Hours of Service requirements are designed to help prevent commercial motor vehicle-related accidents, injuries and fatalities by prescribing on-duty hours and rest periods for commercial drivers, Ferro said.
The FMCSA has scheduled three listening sessions to encourage public participation on this issue and will schedule a fourth listening session in the coming days.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Doubletree Hotel Crystal City National Airport
300 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, Va. 22202
9 a.m.–5 p.m. EST
Friday, January 22, 2010
Hyatt Regency Dallas Forth Worth Airport
DFW International Parkway
Irving, Texas 75261
9 a.m.–5 p.m. CST
Monday, January 25, 2010
Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles International Airport
1985 East Grand Avenue
El Segundo, Calif. 90245
9 a.m.–5 p.m. PST
For more information on the listening sessions, including several questions on possible alternatives to the current Hours of Service requirements, visit the FMCSA Web site at www.fmcsa.dot.gov.
Interested persons may also contact David Miller, Office of Policy Plans and Regulation, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, (202) 366-5011.
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