The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has asked the White House for permission to publish a “pre-rule” which could have an impact on Hours Of Service requirements for truckers.
While there’s next to no information available from the request, this move means that the FMCSA wants to publish an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. The process would likely start with a request for public comment. And if the ELD public comment period was any indication, truckers will have a lot to say about changes to HOS rules.
The FMCSA has been talking about the potential to revamp HOS for years now. Just last week FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez told Overdrive that we would be taking action on the issue. A week later, the pre-rule request was filed.
Martinez also promised to listen to industry concerns and be “receptive to new ideas.” According to FMCSA spokesman Duane DeBruyne, the agency filed the request in response to “petitions conveying widespread concerns on hours-of-service regulations.”