HOS Changes Coming

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Mik D.'s Comment
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April 9, 2019 LOUISVILLE, Kentucky. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced that the Department of Transportation has sent an hours of service (HOS) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval. Chao did not state the timetable before the rule is published in the Federal Register, but OMB has in the past moved proposed rules within days. Given the importance of this rule, a quick approval from OMB is likely.

At last year’s Mid-America Trucking Show, you told the Department you wanted flexibility … and the Department listened, Chao said before a packed audience in a seminar room at this year’s Mid-America in Louisville, Kentucky. “We asked for your participating, and you participated, with over five thousand, two hundred comments."

“The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was just sent to the Office of Management and Budget,” Chao added, to applause. “I can’t give you specifics because it is still in the rules stage, but I can tell you the Department understands the importance of giving you the flexibility [to do your jobs].

Last August, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrationput forth an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to give the public a chance to comment on current regulations. The ANPRM sought public input on several potential revisions to HOS rules, including: Whether to expand the current 100 air-mile “short-haul” exemption from 12 hours on-duty to 14 hours on-duty, in order to be consistent with the rules for long-haul truck drivers; Whether to extend the current 14-hour on-duty limitation by up to two hours when a truck driver encounters adverse driving conditions. Whether to revise the mandatory 30-minute break for truck drivers after 8-hours of continuous driving; and Whether to reinstating the option for splitting up the required 10-hour off-duty rest break for drivers operating trucks that are equipped with a sleeper-berth compartment.

In addition, the ANPRM seeks public comment and relevant data on two recently submitted petitions requesting regulatory relief from HOS rules (1) pertaining to the 14-hour on-duty limitation (filed by the Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association) and (2) pertaining to the 10-hour off-duty requirement (filed by TruckerNation).

OOIDA has been pushing for changes to the regulations for more flexibility. Since the hard enforcement date of April 1, 2018, for electronic logging devices (ELD), the rigid nature of HOS rules – specifically the 14-hour clock – have become a more noticeable problem for many. Chao also said DOT will seek to make the Crash Preventability Demonstration program, which began in 2017 and ends on July 30, 2019, permanent.

“The Department will propose to make this demonstration program permanent,” she said. “The Department will also look to add additional [scenarios].”

The program seeks to assign proper blame for accidents, giving carriers and drivers the opportunity to have a crash removed from their record if the driver was not at fault.

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DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

OOIDA:

Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association

Who They Are

OOIDA is an international trade association representing the interests of independent owner-operators and professional drivers on all issues that affect truckers. The over 150,000 members of OOIDA are men and women in all 50 states and Canada who collectively own and/or operate more than 240,000 individual heavy-duty trucks and small truck fleets.

Their Mission

The mission of OOIDA is to serve owner-operators, small fleets and professional truckers; to work for a business climate where truckers are treated equally and fairly; to promote highway safety and responsibility among all highway users; and to promote a better business climate and efficiency for all truck operators.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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Don’t hold your breath on this old news.

Mik D.'s Comment
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Don’t hold your breath on this old news.

Saw April 9th, thought it was new😶😑😐

PackRat's Comment
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HOS potential changes and updates “news” has been going around since the last time these were changed over a decade ago. This article you posted came out at MATS in Louisville in Mid-March. The FMCSA had an open comment period that ended in January. This was open to any driver to log in and post their ideas, comments, and suggestions on HOS changes they wanted to see. Of the approximately three MILLION PLUS CDL holders in the US, a whopping 5,600 took the time to submit a comment. This is how we get things changed!?!? Lots want to talk about how screwed up the HOS rules are (10 hour continuous off-duty, 14 hour clock that can never be stopped, etc), yet when these same people have an opportunity to voice their thoughts, crickets....I could really go on a rant, but I won’t today.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Sid V.'s Comment
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So you want truck drivers to ***** and complain to people that have no business being in charge of trucking? Never held a cdl , never been inside a truck, never moved freight, and frankly can't do anything right.

Thanks, but it's not worth the effort to breath in, form my mouth in such a way sound can be heard, and breath out.

The only thing government understands is dollar and cents. They'll only understand complaints from big corporations that are affected not from truck drivers.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
PackRat's Comment
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So you want truck drivers to ***** and complain to people that have no business being in charge of trucking? Never held a cdl , never been inside a truck, never moved freight, and frankly can't do anything right.

Thanks, but it's not worth the effort to breath in, form my mouth in such a way sound can be heard, and breath out.

The only thing government understands is dollar and cents. They'll only understand complaints from big corporations that are affected not from truck drivers.

Nice going, Sid! You prove my point precisely.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Sid V.'s Comment
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Well, I guess i did. :)

But next time I need to build a bridge in the middle of a cornfield, I'll let you know. :)

LDRSHIP's Comment
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I posted a comment during the open polling period. If you don’t use your voice to petition for change then you don’t have the right to ***** about how the rules are or how they change. Just my opinion. If you feel those in charge of making the rules are so ignorant, then take time to educate. If you don’t give meaningful feedback, how can you possibly expect meaningful change to happen.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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I posted a comment during the open polling period. If you don’t use your voice to petition for change then you don’t have the right to ***** about how the rules are or how they change. Just my opinion. If you feel those in charge of making the rules are so ignorant, then take time to educate. If you don’t give meaningful feedback, how can you possibly expect meaningful change to happen.

How are drivers informed of the right to comment? I never knew I had the opportunity. Somebody with hidden interests was keeping things quiet, as usual.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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Well, I guess i did. :)

But next time I need to build a bridge in the middle of a cornfield, I'll let you know. :)

More useful info, Sid. Thanks again!

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