White House reviews HOS rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Tuesday, Nov. 27, submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget an interim final rule concerning the hours-of-service regulations.

The document responds to the ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which voided two provisions – the 11 hours of driving and 34-hour restart – in a July 24 decision.

In late September, the court stayed its decision until Dec. 27 in response to a request from the American Trucking Associations. FMCSA supported ATA’s request, which was for an eight-month stay, but asked that the stay remain in place for a year.

Details of the interim rule were unavailable at press time, although it was likely to preserve in some way the 11 hours of driving and 34-hour restart – at least pending further consideration.