Comments sought on reduced HOS paperwork burden

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has requested approval by the Office of Management and Budget to revise and extend an existing Information Collection Request entitled “Hours of Service (HOS) of Drivers Regulations.” The agency, effective June 4, 2010, authorized the use of electronic onboard recorders to create driver records-of-duty status to document hours of service. The revised ICR estimates, for the first time, the paperwork burden of motor carriers voluntarily using EOBRs.

The currently-approved Paperwork Reduction Act burden estimate is 181.28 million hours, as approved by OMB on Aug. 20, 2010l; the expiration date of this IC is Aug. 31, 2011. In the newly revised ICR, FMCSA proposes to reduce the PRA burden by about 9.20 million burden hours, or by slightly over 5 percent, to 172.08 million burden hours.

FMCSA also is seeking public comment on its revised estimate of the paperwork burden of the HOS rules. To comment, go to www.regulations.gov; the docket number is FMCSA-2011-0065.