The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration expects to complete work on a final hours-of-service rule within the next 30 days, according to a joint report of the agency and plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit.
“The final [HOS] rule is under review by the Office of Management and Budget, and FMCSA expects to issue the final rule within 30 days,” said the report, filed Monday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
A spokeswoman for FMCSA said Monday that the agency is working to issue a final rule “as quickly as possible.”
Since the hours-of-service rule went into effect in 2004, the fatality rate in truck-involved crashes has dropped by 36%, nearly twice as fast as the decline in overall highway deaths over that time.
Attorneys for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit — which include the groups Public Citizen and the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety — said they plan to file motions to “govern further proceedings” within 45 days.