An enormous number of comments have been submitted to the FMCSA regarding reforming the Hours of Service (HOS) rules for truck drivers. So many in fact, that the FMCSA is extending the public comment period by over two weeks.
As of the time of writing, 2,732 comments have been made since the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) was posted on August 23rd. While no official count has been made available yet, the vast majority of comments seem to come from drivers. And the vast majority of drivers seem to want more flexibility.
Both in our comments section here at TruckersReport and in the formal comments submitted to the FMCSA, drivers seem to want the freedom to make choices about safety and efficiency for themselves. For many, that means allowing split-sleeper time, eliminating the 30-minute rest break, allowing an extension on hours when detained at a shipper or receiver, or any combination of the above.
Initially, the FMCSA planned to end the public comment period on September 24th, but that’s now been pushed back to October 10th. In addition to submitting comments online, you can make yourself heard in person at the following events:
If you have not done so yet, you can submit a comment during the extended comment period online here.