Deadline for hours of service comments next week

Updated Oct 7, 2018

Time is running out to make comments on proposed reforms to federal hours of service rules. The final public listening session is Wednesday, Oct. 10, which is also the last day the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will accept comments online.

The final listening session will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern at the U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters at 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE in Washington, D.C.

This, like the other listening sessions, is intended for the FMCSA to gather comments from members of the trucking industry and others about four points. They include the 30-minute break required by current rules and allowing 14-hour rule flexibility via split-sleeper berth options or an extension of the 14-hour clock when adverse conditions arise. The agency is also evaluating whether to extend short-haul drivers’ daily on-duty time from 12 hours to 14 hours.

Comments can be filed here through next Wednesday.

The most recent listening session was held at the Guilty By Association Truck Show in Joplin, Missouri, and below is a video of an earlier one in Reno, Nevada.