You have no doubt heard that the FMCSA has been toying with the idea of adding “flexibility” to the hours of service. Aug 30 the FMCSA announced a second public listening session scheduled for Sept 17 in Wasington, D.C.
Landline reported the following:
They are proposing 5 changes.
- The limits for short-haul operations would increase from 12 to 14 hours and from 100 air miles to 150.
- The adverse driving provision would allow a driver up to a 16-hour window within which to complete up to 13 hours of driving if the driver encounters adverse conditions.
- The 30-minute break requirement would be modified, prohibiting driving for more than eight consecutive hours without at least one 30-minute change in duty status. This would allow 30 minutes of on-duty, not driving time, off-duty time, or sleeper-berth time to qualify as a break.”
- In addition to splits of 10/0 and 8/2, drivers would be allowed a split-sleeper option of 7/3.
- Drivers would have the option of stopping the clock a minimum of 30 minutes and up to three hours consecutively once per duty period.
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If you have strong opinions about these changes then I encourage you to participate in the listening session. Its interesting to me the lack of feed back the previous listening sessions have gotten. It seems like truck drivers have strong opinions about every topic under the sun. If you hang around a truck stop you will hear drivers offering their opinion to anybody that will listen. But when the FMCSA offers open public opinion we seem to have nothing to say.
Please give your 2 cents worth. Go to THE COMMENTS link and speak your mind. I personally think shipper and receivers will abuse our ability to stop the 14 hour clock. It seemed to me that when ELD’s became law last April my load and unload times got shorter overall.
The comment period started Aug. 22. Your running out of time. Please go speak your mind.