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CVSA releases inspection blitz results, FMCSA opens comments on HOS breaks


FMCSA opens comment period for proposed hours flexibility pilot program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is now accepting comments on a proposed pilot program that would give more hours of service flexibility to drivers by allowing them to pause their 14-hour clock. The agency announced the proposal Friday, Aug. 28.

This new public comment period by FMCSA looks for feedback on off-duty breaks of as few as thirty minutes — and not more than three hours — to be allowed to pause the 14-hour on-duty window as long as the driver takes 10 hours off-duty at the end of the work shift. Comments can be made here through Nov. 2.

The agency said in the notice that it proposed to include this pause in the HOS changes set to take effect Sept. 29, adding that “a single pause of up to 3 hours would provide significantly more flexibility than is allowed under the current rules. The pause would have allowed drivers to take an off-duty break without fear of exhausting their available hours under the 14-hour clock, which would also have allowed them to get additional rest or avoid traffic congestion.” FMCSA ultimately left the pause out of the rule due to concerns from commenters who believed drivers would be coerced to use the break to cover detention time and not allow drivers to get proper rest.

The proposed pilot program, FMCSA said, is designed to discover the extent to which “detention pauses” occur and their effects on drivers, compared to pauses taken under other circumstances.

Participation in the proposed pilot program, proposed to operate for three years or less, would be limited to a certain number of CDL drivers who meet the criteria specified for participating.

Information FMCSA is requesting from the public during the comment period includes, but is not limited to:

Are the data collection efforts proposed for carriers and drivers so burdensome as to discourage participation?

Should team drivers be allowed to participate?

What additional factors, such as gender, geographic location, age, operating types or driver experience, should be considered when selecting participants?

Is the estimated sample size of 200-400 drivers sufficient to gain statistically significant findings over a period of up to three years?

Original article provided by:  https://www.ccjdigital.com/ccj-daily-dispatch-sept-3-cvsa-releases-inspection-blitz-results-fmcsa-opens-comments-on-hos-breaks/


FMCSA , Hours Of Service