Tuesday, January 23, 2018

FMCSA announces site for 4th HOS testimony session; truck parking available


Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Truckers can also participate by teleconference.
Truckers can also participate by teleconference.

WASHINGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced the location of the fourth in a series of listening sessions this month to gather information and comments as the agency prepares a rulemaking proposal on hours-of-service (HOS) requirements for property-carrying commercial vehicle drivers.

“The agency wants to hear from commercial drivers, carriers, owner-operators, safety advocates, safety enforcement, researchers and others 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,” an FMCSA spokesperson said.

The fourth session will be held Jan. 28 from 1 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Comfort Inn Hotel and Suites, 8300 Northwest Boulevard in Davenport, Iowa.

The hotel is within walking distance of a Flying J Travel Plaza, which will provide trucking parking.

The other three sessions include:

The FMCSA has scheduled three other 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

However, none of those locations have available truck parking.

In preparation for public listening sessions on Hours of Service, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has added a section to its Web site specifically targeting the listening sessions and discussion about possible changes to the current rule.

“In preparing comments for the FMCSA’s public listening sessions, meeting participants should consider the following questions about possible alternatives to the current HOS requirements,” a section of the Web site says. “The scenarios are merely set forth for discussion. The FMCSA will not necessarily include them in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), but would request similar information and data in an NPRM. Answers to these questions should be based upon the experience of the participants and any data or information they can share with the FMCSA.”

The questions are broken out in five categories.

Since many truckers will be unable to participate in the listening sessions themselves, The Trucker wants to know how you would answer these questions.

Send your answers to any or part of the questions to editor@thetrucker.com.

Here are the questions.

A. Rest and On-Duty Time

1. Would mandatory short rest periods during the work day improve driver alertness in the operation of a CMV? How long should these rest periods be? At what point in the duty cycle or drive-time would short rest periods provide the greatest benefit? What are the unintended consequences if these short rest periods are mandatory? Should the on-duty period be extended to allow for mandatory rest periods?

2 .If rest or other breaks from driving improve alertness, could a driver who chooses to take specified minimum breaks be given scheduling flexibility — the ability to borrow an hour from another driving day once a week, for example — if that flexibility would not increase safety risks or adversely impact driver health?

3. How many hours per day and per week would be safe and healthy for a truck driver to work?

4. Would an HOS rule that allows drivers to drive an hour less when driving overnight improve driver alertness and improve safety? Are there any adverse consequences that could arise from the implementation of a separate night time HOS regulation?

B. Restart to the 60- and 70-Hour Rule

 1. Is a 34-consecutive-hour off-duty period long enough to provide restorative sleep regardless of the number of hours worked prior to the restart? Is the answer different for a driver working a night or irregular schedule?

2. What would be the impact of mandating two overnight off-duty periods, e.g., from midnight to 6 a.m., as a component of a restart period? Would such a rule present additional enforcement challenges?

3. How is the current restart provision being used by drivers? Do drivers restart their calculations after 34 consecutive hours or do drivers take longer periods of time for the restart?

C. Sleeper Berth Use

1. If sleeper-berth time were split into two periods, what is the minimum time in each period necessary to provide restorative sleep?

2. Could the 14-hour on-duty limitation be extended by the amount of some additional sleeper-berth time without detrimental effect on highway safety? What would be the appropriate length of such a limited sleeper-berth rest period?

D. Loading and Unloading Time

1. What effect has the fixed 14-hour driving "window" had on the time drivers spend waiting to load or unload? Have shippers and receivers changed their practices to reduce the amount of time drivers spend waiting to load or unload?

E. General

1. Are there aspects of the current rule that do not increase safety risks or adversely impact driver health and that should be preserved?

Truckers can participate in any of the sessions through audio conference by dialing toll free (866) 216-6835 and entering the following participant access code:

January 19

Enter participant access code: 394089

January 22

Enter participant access code: 215765

January 25

Enter participant access code: 617416

January 28

Enter participant access code: 223256

The agency is planning a webcast. Visit http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rule

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