New Rules Providing Relief for Truck Driver Hours Coming Soon

TruckingThe U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is scheduled to unveil its highly anticipated changes to truck driver Hours of Service regulations in early June.

According to an article from CDL Life, which covers the trucking industry, new regulatory reporting posted by the DOT indicates that Hours of Service changes are scheduled to be published on June 7, 2019.

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The document indicates that DOT is listening to calls from the trucking industry for more flexibility in Hours of Service regulations in the wake of the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate that went into effect in December of 2017:

“The introduction of electronic logging devices and their ability to accurately record hours-of-service (HOS) regulations for drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) have prompted numerous requests from Congress and the public for FMCSA to consider revising certain HOS provisions. On August 23, 2018, FMCSA published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) and convened five listening sessions to obtain information on how HOS provisions could be improved. In consideration of the available data, comments to the docket and the remarks of the participants at the listening sessions, FMCSA proposes revisions to certain HOS provisions to provide greater flexibility for drivers’ subject to the HOS rules without adversely affecting safety.”

The DOT is free to change the HOS rule publication date. Following the publication of the Notice of Proposed Rule Making, the FMCSA will again accept public comments before publishing the changes as a Final Rule.

Read the full article here.