Time running out to comment on hours of service

Updated Oct 20, 2019

“Speak now or forever hold your peace.”

That’s often said as part of some wedding ceremonies, but the phrase could also very well be a suggestion about the proposed changes to federal hours of service regulations.

Time has all but run out on the opportunity to comment on the proposed changes the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has said will provide truckers with flexibility in their driving days.

The comment period ends at 11:59 Monday, Oct. 21. If you still wish to speak your peace, you can do so online here.

More than 7,500 comments have been posted to the government’s online site.

In short, changes in the notice of proposed rulemaking include allowing drivers to pause their 14-hour on-duty clock for up to three hours and extending split sleeper berth options for drivers.

The proposal also includes flexibility around the 30-minute break and allowing drivers to extend the 14-hour on-duty window for adverse conditions.

Finally, the proposal would expand the on-duty period for short-haul drivers from 12 to 14 hours and extending the short-haul radius from 100 air miles to 150 air miles.