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Department of Transportation Seeks Comments on Hours-of-Service Regulations

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is requesting public comments to r evise four specific areas of the current hours-of-service (HOS) regulations, which limit the operating hours of commercial truck drivers. The four main areas under consideration for revision include: expanding the current 100 air-mile “short-haul” exemption from 12 hours on-duty to 14 hours on-duty, to bring consistency to the rules for long-haul truck drivers; extending the current 14-hour on-duty limitation by up to two hours when a truck driver encounters adverse driving conditions; revising the current mandatory 30-minute break for truck drivers after eight hours of continuous driving; and reinstating the option for splitting up the required 10-hour off-duty rest break for drivers operating trucks that are equipped with a sleeper-berth compartment.

FMCSA also seeks public comment and relevant data on two recently submitted petitions requesting regulatory relief from HOS rules pertaining to the 14-hour on-duty and the 10-hour off-duty requirement. Public comments are due by September 20, 2018.

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