This week the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released the much-anticipated notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) outlining proposed changes to the hours-of-service (HOS) rules and regulations on commercial motor vehicle drivers.
The Trump Administration has outlined this as a top priority to improve highway safety, while extending some flexibility to truck drivers. In speaking with Agency officials, this rulemaking is being streamlined with the intention of getting to a final rule prior to the 2020 Presidential election.
The proposed changes basically check every box that motor carrier industry stakeholders asked for when the agency published an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) almost a year ago on Aug.23, 2018. While concerns remain for safety advocates, this could be considered a major victory for the trucking industry. Specifically, the Agency proposes to make the following five key amendments to the rules and regulations:
In 2018, the TIA Highway Logistics Conference filed comments in support of providing truck drivers more flexibility around the short-haul exemption and the split sleeper berth rules. With the full implementation of the electronic-logging device (ELD) rule in April of 2018, the Agency is seeing a 97% compliance rate amongst those motor carriers using an ELD during a roadside inspection and a significant decrease of 48% in the number of HOS violations. These numbers have given the Agency the leeway they need to reexamine the impact of HOS regulations and make necessary improvements.
The TIA Highway Logistics Conference under the leadership of Chairman John Miller, Owner, Plains Dedicated will work through the NPRM and develop our formal comments and policy stance to ensure that the motor carriers our members utilize are provided with a more flexibility HOS regulatory environment.
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