As most MMTA members already know, the U.S. Department of Transportation has unveiled its proposed changes to federal Hours of Service. The rule, released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in August, proposes several changes but maintains the regulation’s core principles.
Federal rulemaking procedures are a long and in-depth process, and the MMTA will rely on the ATA to remain fully engaged throughout, providing FMCSA with all the information the agency needs need to move forward with a strong final rule that protects highway safety and improves the lives of drivers. However, we strongly encourage our members to submit comments about how the proposals will impact your company and your drivers.
To be clear, the MMTA has a long-standing history of only supporting safety policy changes that are rooted in data and verifiable evidence. Below are the components of the proposal in a side-by-side comparison with the current rules.
The Federal Register Notice, including how to submit comments, is available here: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/sites/fmcsa.dot.gov/files/docs/regulations/hours-service/474821/nprmfile08-08-2019-131534.pdf.