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October 3, 2018 2:00 PM, EDT

FMCSA to Host Oct. 10 Listening Session on Potential HOS Rule Changes

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will host another public listening session to discuss potential changes to its hours-of-service rules for commercial motor vehicle operators.

The agency will host the listening session at U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington on Oct. 10 at 1 p.m. EDT, according to a document scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on Oct. 4. The session also will be webcast.

Specifically, participants will have the chance to discuss the shorthaul HOS limit, the HOS exception for adverse driving conditions, the 30-minute rest-break provision and the split sleeper-berth rule to allow drivers to split their required time in the sleeper berth.

According to the notice, FMCSA encourages electronic logging device vendors to participate “to address potential implementation issues, should changes to the HOS rules be made.”

This session is the latest in a series of talks FMCSA has held to discuss possible HOS rule changes. Since late August, the agency has hosted sessions in Dallas, Reno, Nev., Joplin, Mo., and Orlando, Fla.

The agency published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Aug. 23 concerning the rules.

“The ANPRM provides an opportunity for additional discussion of each of these topics,” the Federal Register document states. “The listening session will provide an opportunity for interested persons to share their views on these topics with representatives of the agency.”

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