FMCSA gives two extra weeks to comment on HOS reforms

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Updated Sep 19, 2019

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is extending the comment period for its proposed hours of service changes for 14 days, through Oct. 21.

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.