The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is currently in the process of sorting through the more than 5,100 comments filed on its advanced notice of proposed rulemaking — the first phase of a potential review of hours of service regulations that govern truck drivers’ work schedules — and is deciding whether it will proceed with a proposal to overhaul those regs, says Joe DeLorenzo, FMCSA’s director of enforcement and compliance.
“The next step is the decision point – do we have enough to move forward?” he said. “If we decide it’s yes, the next document that everybody sees is an actual proposal. … I can’t give you a day or a time or a month – the administrator has said he wants this done as quickly as possible. A lot of people are working very hard, and once that decision is made, then a more formal schedule will be out there.”
DeLorenzo spoke on a conference call last week with about 10 few owner-operators and small fleet owners, about the impending decision on hours of service reform. FMCSA enforcement chief Bill Mahorney was also on the call.
In response to a question about timing for the agency’s decision, with a March time frame specifically referenced, DeLorenzo said the agency should know more by spring. “I think that process-wise, by the Spring, we should have a good feeling for where things are. It’s a little early to say. I think I’ll have a better feel for it once we’ve gone through those comments” on the agency’s Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking asking for comments “and figured out where everything is.”