Groups including Public Citizen, Teamsters, and the American Trucking Associations have been arguing over the Federal Motor Carrier Associations (FMCSA) proposal, which would cause a number of changes believed to be in the benefit of drivers and everyone on the road’s safety, among those limiting a driver’s on-road time from 11 to 10 hours.
The FMCSA submitted their updated proposal to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on November 1st. The OMB, in return, reviewed the rule, returned it to the DOT, and will be published in the Federal Register on Dec. 27th of this year.
So what’s the verdict? Will a driver’s time on the road be reduced by an hour?
After much consideration, the FMCSA has chosen to uphold the current 11-hour daily driving limit.
But the final rule does come with some changes, which are as follows (provided by http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/topics/hos-final/hos-final-rule.aspx):
-34-hour restart provisions “must include two periods between 1 a.m.-5 a.m. home terminal time” and “may only be used once per week,” effective July 1, 2013.
-Rest breaks: “May drive only if 8 hours or less have passed since end of driver’s last off-duty period of at least 30 minutes,” effective July 1, 2013.
-On-duty time: “Does not include any time resting in a parked CMV. In moving CMV, does not include up to 2 hours in passenger seat immediately before or after 8 consecutive hours in sleeper-berth. Also applies to passenger-carrying drivers,” effective Feb. 27, 2012.
-Penalties: “Driving (or allowing a driver to drive) 3 or more hours beyond the driving-time limit may be considered an egregious violation and subject to the maximum civil penalties. Also applies to passenger-carrying drivers,” effective Feb. 27, 2012.
-Oilfield exemption: “‘Waiting time for certain drivers at oilfields must be shown on logbook or electronic equivalent as off duty and identified by annotations in ‘remarks’ or a separate added to ‘grid,’” effective Feb. 27, 2012.
According to truckinginfo.com, those carriers “that allow drivers to exceed the 11-hour driving limit by 3 or more hours could be fined $11,000 per offense, and the drivers themselves could face civil penalties of up to $2,750 for each offense” (http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/newsdetail.asp?news_id=75621&news_category_id=3).
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