WASHINGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will hold a public listening session on Friday, September 14 concerning potential changes to its Hours of Service rules for truck drivers.
The listening session will be in Washington, D.C., at the U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, D.C. It will begin at 1 p.m. (EDT) and end at 3 p.m., or earlier, if all participants wishing to express their views have done so.
It will be the second listening session on possible changes to HOS. The first was held last month at The Great American Trucking Show in Dallas.
On August 23, FMCSA published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) seeking public comment on four specific aspects of the HOS rules for which the agency is considering changes: the short-haul HOS limit; the HOS exception for adverse driving conditions; the 30-minute rest break provision; and the split-sleeper berth rule to allow drivers to split their required time in the sleeper berth.
In addition, the agency requested public comment on petitions for rulemaking from the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) and TruckerNation.org (TruckerNation). The agency encourages vendors of electronic logging devices (ELDs) to participate to address potential implementation issues should changes to the HOS rules be made.
The listening session will be streamed live for the benefit of those not able to attend in person. The listening 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.
During the live stream, questions can be submitted during the live stream to [email protected].
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