Souce: Agricultural Retailers Association

On Dec. 23, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a regulatory proposal that would revise hours-of-service (HOS) requirements for commercial truck drivers.

This new proposal would keep the 34-hour restart provision allowing drivers to restart the clock on their weekly 60 or 70 hours by taking at least 34 consecutive hours off-duty. However, the restart period would have to include two consecutive off-duty periods from midnight to 6:00 a.m. Drivers would be allowed to use this restart only once during a seven-day period.

Additionally the proposal would require commercial truck drivers to complete all driving within a 14-hour workday, and to complete all on-duty work-related activities within 13 hours to allow for at least a one hour break. It also leaves open for comment whether drivers should be limited to 10 or 11 hours of daily driving time, of which FMCSA currently favors a 10-hour limit.

The formal Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was published in the Federal Register on Dec. 29. Publication starts the formal 60-day comment period ending on Feb. 28, 2011.

To view DOT's press release and the proposed rule click here.