Dates set for HOS comments

| January 04, 2010

The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Jan. 4 announced it will hold four listening sessions in January to gather information and comments as the agency prepares a rulemaking proposal on hours-of-service requirements for commercial vehicle drivers.

The agency wants to hear about topics such as rest and on-duty time, sleeper berth use and the effect the current hours-of-service rule has on loading and unloading times for drivers. A record of the listening sessions will be placed in the public docket for the rulemaking.

“Public input is critical to the rulemaking process,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro. “The public listening sessions will provide opportunities for a broad cross-section of stakeholders to present views, comments and relevant research on this forthcoming federal safety regulation proposal.”

The FMCSA has scheduled three listening sessions to encourage public participation on this issue and will schedule a fourth listening session soon.
• Tuesday, Jan. 19, Doubletree Hotel Crystal City National Airport, Arlington, Va., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST
• Friday, Jan. 22, Hyatt Regency Dallas Fort Worth Airport, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. CST
• Monday, Jan. 25, Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles International Airport, El Segundo, Calif., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. PST
For more information on the listening sessions, including several questions on possible alternatives to the current hours-of-service requirements, visit the FMCSA website at www.fmcsa.dot.gov.  Interested persons may also contact David Miller of FMCSA at (202) 366-5011.