In response to the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and other members of the industry’s concerns, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proposed that the current hours of service (HOS) rule remain the same with the exception of seven changes.
According to truckinginfo.com, the rule will still require 10 consecutive hours each day for drivers to rest, with 60 hours in 7 days and 70 hours in 8 days of on-duty time remaining the same.
The question of whether drivers will be allowed to travel 11 hours or be reduced to 10 hours a day, which, thetrucker.com notes, changes due to individuals’ beliefs on whether the number of fatigue related accidents is too high, has come to light with the FMCSA believing that a reduction in the number of hours a driver is allowed should be changed to 10.
Other changes the FMCSA proposes are as follows (provided by http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/news-detail.asp?news_id=72531):
-Drivers would have to be released from duty after 14 consecutive hours, rather than have the current option of continuing on duty but not drive. This would apply to regional drivers as well, who currently get the option of one 16-hour shift a week. Certain short-haul non-CDL drivers would still get two 16-hour shifts a week but would have to be released from duty afterwards.
-Give drivers a one-hour break during the day by limiting actual duty time within the 14-hour driving window to 13 hours.
-Limit consecutive time behind the wheel by prohibiting a driver from driving if it has been more than 7 hours since his last off-duty or sleeper-berth period of at least 30 minutes.
-Modify the 34-hour restart: it would have to include two periods between midnight and 6 a.m., and it could be used only once a week.
-Change the definition of on-duty time from any time in the truck, except the sleeper berth, to exempt any time spent resting in a parked truck and up to two hours in the passenger seat of a moving truck immediately before or after eight hours in a sleeper berth.
-The oilfield operations exception would be revised to clarify the language on waiting time and to state that waiting time would not be included in the calculation of the driving window.
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