New Hours of Service Proposal Favors RMC Industry

Last week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released its long-awaited proposal to update Hours of Service (HOS) rules. As an issue of importance to the industry, NRMCA has been actively advocating for greater flexibility with the HOS rules for industry drivers and for less confusion surrounding how to remain compliant. These sentiments have been communicated to FMSCA numerous times over the past few years, heard by FMCSA, and acted upon in our favor as well.

We are happy to relay that this latest proposal also tilts in the industry’s favor. Not only will the elements of the proposal benefit the industry when they’re finalized, but FMCSA specifically relied upon the ready mixed concrete industry’s recent HOS exemptions and the industry’s excellent safety record as justification for the new changes. Specifically, the newly proposed changes will extend the flexibilities mixer drivers have been afforded over recent years to drivers of all other commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) used in the industry. Once finalized, drivers of aggregate haulers and cement tankers will receive the same flexibilities NRMCA has secured for mixer drivers.

FMCSA stated today, “Based on the detailed public comments, FMCSA’s proposed rule on hours of service offers five key revisions to the existing HOS rules:

FMCSA will be accepting comments on the proposal for 45 days once it’s published in the Federal Register (click here to review the proposal).

This latest development is another huge HOS win for the industry. NRMCA will be submitting comments in support of the proposal and urges all NRMCA members to do so as well.

For more information, contact Kevin Walgenbach at

National Ready Mixed Concrete Association