The highway funding bill that’s making its way through Congress has a provision which would delay the implementation of the HOS reform rules by up to 18 months. Officials at the FMCSA don’t seem concerned however. They say that HOS reform isn’t subject to Congressional approval.
The House highway funding bill is facing stern resistance. Republicans have pushed back against increased infrastructure funding despite support from President Trump to both rebuild the nation’s aging roads and bridges, and to help stimulate the economy out of the current recession.
One of the provisions of the bill seeks to delay the implementation of the Hours of Service (HOS) reform rule by up to 18 months. The provision is intended to provide enough time for research to be conducted into the potential impacts of the new HOS rules.
Director of the FMCSA’s Office of Compliance and Enforcement, Joe DeLorenzo, was speaking at a webinar hosted by the National Tank Truck Carriers on Wednesday. According to FreightWaves, DeLorenzo told attendees that the FMCSA doesn’t expect the HOS rule to be postponed.
DeLorenzo says that it doesn’t matter whether or not the highway funding bill is passed in its current state or not. According to him, Congress doesn’t have the authority to delay the rollout of the rules. Establishing the regulations are “not a Congressional action, they’re within our discretion through the federal rulemaking process.”
If the rules proceed as FMCSA expects, they will go into effect on September 29th.