How to comment on the proposed Hours of Service rule

WASHINGTON — December 29 began the official comment period for the proposed Hours of Service rule.

The proposed rulemaking was announced Dec. 23 and was published in the Federal Register Wednesday by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Comments may be submitted online, by mail, fax or in person.

Comments will be accepted through Feb. 28, 2001.

To submit comments online, go to and click on the ‘‘submit a comment’’ box, which will then become highlighted in blue.

In the ‘‘Document Type’’ drop down menu, select ‘‘Proposed Rules,’’ insert ‘‘FMCSA–2004–19608’’ in the ‘‘Keyword’’ box, and click ‘‘Search.’’

When the new screen appears, click on ‘‘Submit a Comment’’ in the ‘‘Actions’’column.

• Fax comments to (202) 493-2251.

• Mail comments to Docket Management Facility (M–30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590–0001.

• Hand deliver comments to the same address as the mailed comments between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. The telephone number is (202) 366–9329.

The FMCSA recommends that comments include the name of the commenter and a mailing address, an e-mail address or a phone number in the body of the document so that FMCSA can make contact if there are questions regarding the submission.

If comments are submitted by mail or hand delivered, submit them in an unbound format, no larger than 8 1/2 by 11 inches, suitable for copying and electronic filing.

If comments are submitted by mail and the sender would like to know that they reached the facility, enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope.

All comments received will be posted without change to and will include any personal information provided.

“If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this rulemaking (FMCSA–2004–19608), indicate the specific section of this document to which each comment applies, and provide a reason for each suggestion or recommendation. You may submit your comments and material online or by fax, mail, or hand delivery, but please use only one of these means,” the Federal Register notice said. “FMCSA will consider all comments and material received during the comment period and may change this proposed rule based on your comments.”

All public comments, as well as documents mentioned in this notice, are available in the public docket.

To view them, go to and click on the ‘‘read comments’’ box in the upper right hand side of the screen.