Q. I’ve heard that the FMCSA is considering making changes to the HOS rules? Is that true, and is there any way my company can submit comments about these proposed changes?
A. Yes, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is considering making a number of changes to the hours of service (HOS) rules. The soon-to-be-published Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) also known as a “pre-rule” was announced on August 21.
HOS rules that may be revised include, expanding the 100 air-mile “short haul” exemption, extending the current 14-hour on-duty limitation under certain circumstances, revising the mandatory 30-minute break rule, and reinstating the option of splitting up off-duty rest breaks for drivers operating trucks with a sleeper-berth compartment.
The ANPR can be viewed in its entirety here. (https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/hours-service-advanced-notice-proposed-rulemaking)
There are a number of ways your company can submit comments identified by Docket Number FMCSA-2018-0248, including:
• The Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.com (follow the online instructions for submission)
• Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001
• Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building, , Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on Federal holidays
• Fax: 202-493-2251
• Submissions containing confidential business information (CBI): Mr. Brian Dahlin, Chief, Regulatory Evaluation Division, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590
To avoid duplicate comments, it is requested that submissions be in only a single format, e.g., online or mail. Full details and submission instructions are available in the ANPR.
While a deadline for submission has yet to be announced, it will be 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.