Source: Agricultural Retailers Association
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a press release Jan. 4, announcing four "public listening sessions" on its potential revisions to the hours-of-service rules, according to the Agricultural Retailers Association. FMCSA raises several questions in the notice regarding rest and on-duty time, the restart of the 60- and 70-hour rule, sleeper berth use, and loading and unloading time. The questions suggest possible alternatives to the current HOS rules being considered by the agency.
The present HOS rules have been in effect since January 2004 and are based on extensive research and meticulous analysis of hundreds of reports on fatigue and alertness issues. Compared to their predecessors, the current HOS rules reduced truck drivers' maximum work day by an hour, increased the mandatory daily rest period by two hours, and allowed one more hour of driving.
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