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Friday, March 24, 2023

FMCSA Hosts Another Listening Session


The FMCSA will hold the second public listening session  concerning potential changes to its hours-of-service rules for truck drivers, the first meeting having been held at the Great American Trucking Show last month.

The listening session will be September 14, 2018, in Washington, DC, at the U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20590. The listening session 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.

FMCSA is 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 and TruckerNation.org. The Agency encourages vendors of electronic logging devices to participate to address potential implementation issues should changes to the HOS rules be made.

The listening session will be streamed live for those not able to attend in person. All interested persons will be able to present comments, views, and relevant research on the topic at hand. All comments will be transcribed and placed in the rulemaking docket for the FMCSA’s consideration.