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February 17, 2011 10:15 AM, EST

HOS ‘Listening Session’ Set for Thursday; FMCSA Extends Comment Period to March 4

Agency Releases Instructions on How to Access Live Webcast
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Editor’s Note: This is a re-posted reminder about the FMCSA’s listening session on its hours-of-service rule, which will be held this Thursday, Feb. 17. Click here for instructions on how to access the webcast of the HOS listening session. (FMCSA link.)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will host a listening session Feb. 17 outside of Washington, D.C., to get public input on proposed changes to its hours-of-service rule.

The meeting is in response to a joint request by American Trucking Associations and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, ATA said.

The HOS listening session will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET at the Crowne Plaza Washington National Airport Hotel in Arlington, Va.

FMCSA published the proposed rule affecting truck drivers’ hours of service in the Dec. 29 Federal Register. FMSCA also extended the deadline for comments to the proposed rule by four days, until Friday, March 4.

The session will be live webcast on the agency’s website. Comments will be read by the moderator and all submissions will become a part of the official record of the event.

ATA will attend to testify on behalf of its members and urged its member companies to send a representative to voice opposition to FMCSA’s proposal. Those unable to attend may submit comments, objections and questions online.