The promised Hours Of Service (HOS) reform bill has been delayed yet again. This time, no date was given. Instead, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration just said it is “hopeful” that the new proposed rule will be published soon.
FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez promised that HOS reform would be happening on “a very aggressive time line.” Initially, the proposed rule was expected to be published in March. But that proved to be too optimistic.
Most recently, the FMCSA’s estimate was for a June 7th publication date. But now the FMCSA is blaming the White House Office of Management and Budget for the delay. The OMB has had the proposed rule since March, but reports indicate that the OMB workload piled up during the partial government shutdown at the beginning of the year, and that led to a backlog which is still being worked through.
“FMCSA’s proposed rule on changes to the hours-of-service regulations continues to be reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget,” said an FMCSA spokesperson according to Transport Topics. “The timelines in the Department’s regulatory updates serve as goals for the Agency and are reflective of FMCSA’s plan to move quickly during this rulemaking process. The Agency is hopeful the rule will be published soon.”