Last Friday, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced that the Department of Transportation has sent its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to reform the HOS to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
The details of the proposed changes are not yet public while the OMB reviews and approves the proposal. However, reflecting on the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule Making in late-August, FMCSA intends to look at providing further flexibility for drivers to better plan taking breaks and ensure safer parking.
Once through the OMB, which should be no more than 90 days, the FMCSA will publish the NPRM on the Federal Register, at which point it will be open for public comment.
FMCSA’s Administrator Ray Martinez has been open to working closely with the industry to hear concerns and to address HOS as a key priority for the agency. It is likely that we see this proposal progress throughout this year.
At EROAD, we are dedicated to your compliance.
We closely monitor these regulatory and policy updates and connect with the national and state associations in committee discussions so we can bring you important insights.
Last year after the ANPRM for HOS was announced, we performed analysis of anonymized, aggregated ELD data and conducted a survey to gather customer and industry feedback. We compiled our research and submit to FMCSA. The results were insightful.