Industry News: FMCSA to Hold Hours of Service Sessions
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced on January 5th that it will hold three public listening sessions to solicit comments and information on potential hours of service (HOS) regulations. The Agency wants to know what factors, issues and data it should be aware of as it prepares to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on HOS requirements for property carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMV) drivers.
The sessions will be held in the Washington, DC, Dallas and Los Angeles areas. The listening sessions will allow interested persons to present comments, views and relevant research on revisions FMCSA should consider in its forthcoming rulemaking. All comments will be transcribed and placed in the rulemaking docket for the FMCSA's consideration.
The Hours-of-Service regulations (49 CFR Part 395) put limits in place for when and how long commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers may drive. These regulations are based on an exhaustive scientific review and are designed to ensure truck drivers get the necessary rest to perform safe operations. FMCSA also reviewed existing fatigue research and worked with organizations like the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies and the National Institute for Occupational Safety in setting these HOS rules.
The regulations are designed to continue the downward trend in truck fatalities and maintain motor carrier operational efficiencies. Although the HOS regulations are found in Part 395 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, many States have identical or similar regulations for intrastate traffic.
Read the most current HOS rules and regulations at the FMCSA website