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Final hours rule ready

| December 21, 2011




The White House Office of Management and Budget has finished reviewing the final rule for truck drivers’ hours of service, meaning the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration could publish the rule at any time.


FMCSA said in a court filing Monday, Nov. 28, that it had expected to issue the final rule within 30 days.

The American Trucking Associations said at the time it hoped the agency would “use the extra time to consider the overwhelming input it has received from thousands of drivers and law enforcement officers that the current rule is working. There’s no need to break something that’s not broken.”

ATA President and Chief Executive Officer Bill Graves also wrote a letter to Cass Sunstein, OMB’s administrator of Information and Regulatory Affairs, questioning whether “legitimate reason” existed to change the current rules.

Under the current proposal, FMCSA is, among other changes, considering whether to reduce the daily driving limit from 11 hours to 10 hours and has proposed to limit the 34-hour restart provision by requiring that it include two periods from midnight to 6 a.m. and limiting its use to once per week. ATA and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association have said the proposal is costly and unnecessary since studies indicate safety improvements under the 2008 rule.

In 2009, FMCSA had entered into a settlement agreement with safety advocacy groups and the Teamsters union to revisit the 2008 rule and publish a revised rule. This agreement stipulated if the agency produces a “substantially different” rule from the current one, this “may” eliminate the need for further judicial review. FMCSA initially faced a July 26 deadline to publish the rule but since has been granted a series of extensions by the court.












  • David E.

    I have been an over the road trucker for over 20 years. I have worked for good companies and I don’t mind the 11 hrs. cut to 10, but this off 34 hrs before being able to go back to work is just stupid and a waste of time. Also, if we are at a shipper and in the bunk we are off duty, if we take naps, we are off duty. All this on duty not driving is just stupid. On duty not driving while taking a nap, lumpers unloading, eating and showering,ect, this is all listed as on duty when we are not.

  • Julius J. Yuhasz, Jr.

    It has always been, is now, my opinion that if the wheels not turning, I’m not earning and there fore OFF DUTY. How do you get 34 Hrs off before before going back to work for 70hrs? That just means if I take my 8 hr. break I have to take a total of 34 hrs. before I get behind the wheel again. Thats dumm. This will also create increase in delay of delivery, cost increase of the product and force many shippers to go to rail roads for delivery. This is horrible and many drivers, good drivers, will leave the industry.

  • Julius J. Yuhasz, Jr.

    This new law should be “Repealed” and Congress should take this up and repeal this law. If not I for see truckers decending on Washington, and the President will not be re-elected because this nation runs on, and dependents, on the Trucking Industry, and we speak to millions of people every day. Thats my opinion, had my say, and if anyone disagrees, thats their right to do so. “God Bless the U.S.A. and the American Trucker in every way”.

  • Julius J. Yuhasz, Jr.

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  • Tony Calvert

    Once again we complain to each other and not to the real people that matter. This is an election yr and the phones in Washington should be ringing off the hook!

  • webo

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