The extension follows requests by the American Trucking Associations, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and the Teamsters Union to extend the comment period. ATA requested a 30-day extension, while CVSA and the Teamsters requested an additional 45 days.
The 14-day extension effectively gives the hours proposal a 60-day comment period from the time it was published Aug. 22.
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 for 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.