Hours of Service reform has been going at a snail’s pace for years now, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the process is hitting yet another bump in the road. The trade association representing CMV law enforcement officers has asked for an extension on the proposed HOS reform rule’s public comment period.
The Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) describes itself as a “nonprofit association comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal commercial motor vehicle safety officials and industry representatives.” And given that they represent the interests of state, local, and federal CMV enforcement officers, their request is likely to have a lot of weight with federal regulators.
“CVSA applauds the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for seeking public comment on this critical issue and we look forward to providing comment to the agency on behalf of the CMV enforcement community,” reads the request signed by CVSA Executive Director Collin Mooney. “However, 30 days is not adequate time to prepare and approve comments on such a complicated issue. In order to provide comments that will contribute to a comprehensive, well informed, science and databased notice of proposed rulemaking, it is imperative that stakeholders be given additional time to develop their comments.”
CVSA isn’t the first major group to call for an extension on the comment period. American Trucking Association, an industry group that counts many mega-carriers among its members, has also asked for an extension.
Already 969 comments have been received on the proposed changes since the comment period opened on August 22nd. You can add your comment here.
Also check out our comprehensive coverage on the proposed changes.