On Monday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration signed an agreement to review its current Hours-of-Service rules. The FMCSA is committed to submitting its review to the White House within the next 9 months, and changes could be issued to the current rules within the next 21 months.
Current HOS rules permit truckers to be on-duty for 14-hours a day, including up to 11 hours of driving. A 34-hour rest allows drivers to reset their weekly on-duty allotment. Some special interest groups, such as Public Citizen, believe that the current rules increase occurrences of driver fatigue and lead to more accidents. The American Trucking Association supports leaving the current HOS rules unchanged, and cites them as a factor in decreasing trucking-related fatalities.
It is not yet clear which rules are being considered for change, though the controversial 34-hour reset is a likely target, and the FMCSA’s agreement to reconsider the current regulation does not guarantee that any changes will be made.