September 1, 2018 Safety and Compliance
FMCSA Publishes ANPRM on Driver HOS Reform
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced that it is seeking public comment on revising four specific areas of current driver hours-of-service regulations, which limit the operating hours of commercial truck drivers for motor carriers of property.
The agency stated its upcoming Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which will be published in the Federal Register in the near future, responds to widespread congressional, industry, and citizen concerns and seeks feedback from the public to determine if HOS revisions may alleviate unnecessary burdens placed on drivers while maintaining safety on our nation’s highways and roads. The comment period will be open for 30 days.
The four specific areas under consideration for revision are:
- Expanding the current 100 air-mile “short-haul” exemption for CDL drivers from 12 hours on-duty to 14 hours on-duty, in order to be consistent with the rules for long-haul truck drivers;
- Extending the current 14-hour on-duty limitation by up to two hours when a truck driver encounters adverse driving conditions;
- Revising the current mandatory 30-minute break for truck drivers after 8-hours of continuous driving; and
- Reinstating the option for splitting up the required 10-hour off-duty rest break for drivers operating trucks that are equipped with a sleeper-berth compartment.
In addition, the ANPRM seeks public comment and relevant data on two recently submitted petitions requesting regulatory relief from HOS rules (1) pertaining to the 14-hour on-duty limitation (filed by the Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association) and (2) pertaining to the 10-hour off-duty requirement (filed by TruckerNation).