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July 9, 2019

July 31 new target for proposed rule to amend trucker hours-of-service regs, DOT says

Washington — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is now eyeing July 31 as the publication date for a proposed rule the agency says would add flexibility to hours-of-service regulations for commercial truck drivers, according to a Department of Transportation regulatory update released in June.

Previously, DOT indicated June 7 as the target publication date for the proposed rule, which FMCSA submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget on March 28. An FMCSA spokesperson confirmed in an email to Safety+Health that the proposed rule remains under OMB review, and FMCSA head Raymond Martinez reiterated that stance during a June 19 hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.

“I really do believe that we are in the very final stages of that process, and I’m hopeful that it will be in short order,” Martinez said in response to a question from Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE).

The agency received more than 5,200 comments on an advance notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Aug. 23 Federal Register. Possible changes to HOS regulations include:

Additionally, FMCSA weighed input on separate petitions requiring the agency to:

The comment period on the new proposed rule is scheduled to conclude Sept. 16.

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