New Flexible Hours of Service set for next month

The U.S Department of Transportation listened to the communities questions and suggestions regarding updating the current hours of service (HOS) to be more flexible. The new regulations are set to come out early next month.

The Department of Transportation plans to publish the HOS regulations on June 7th, and allow a 49-day comment period, ending on July 26. Which will allow the public to respond before they finalize the updated HOS regulations.

FMCSA initially started the process of changing the regulations in August 2018, they asked for feedback on the reform. As a result, the FMCSA received thousands of responses. The HOS rules considering changes includes; eliminating the 30-minute rest break; the sleeper berth rule to allow drivers to split their required time in the sleeper berth. Also, allowing drivers to take a rest break once per 14-hour duy period for up to three consecutive hours if the driver is off-duty.

On March 29, 2019, Elaine Chao, the Transportation Secretary announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., that the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) is advancing, and the contents of the notice isn’t public yet. Choa said, “I can’t go into the details or the specifics for this proposal, but let me note that the department understands the strong interest in increasing flexibility and is giving it serious consideration,” Chao concluded, “We asked for your participation, and you participated.”

The Department of Transportation may change the date the HOS rule is publicized. We are expecting it to be available on June 7, 2019.