AmericanHort Weighs In on Hours of Service Changes

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AmericanHort submitted public comments on October 18 on the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) regarding trucking hours-of-service (HOS) changes. The proposed measures, aimed to give added time flexibility to commercial drivers, have been a priority at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) as of late.

Flexibility with regard to HOS rules has also been a priority for AmericanHort, primarily since the electronic logging device mandate became live in early 2018. The proposed changes focus on five areas:

  • Increasing on-duty time from 12 to 14 hours and expanding the current 100 air-mile radius to 150 air-miles for the “short-haul” exemption;
  • Extending the current 14-hour on-duty limitation by up to two hours when encountering adverse driving conditions;
  • Revising the current mandatory 30-minute break;
  • Reinstating the option for splitting up off-duty for trucks equipped with sleeper-berths; and
  • Adding a new option for one off duty break (up to 3 hours) to be excluded from the 14-hour driving window.

In line with previous positions, AmericanHort supports these five proposed changes. Click here to see our latest comments.

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