FMCSA holding listening sessions Friday in Dallas on hours of service, autonomous trucking

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Friday is holding two public listening sessions at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Texas, seeking feedback from owner-operators and other industry stakeholders about potential changes to hours of service regulations and the development and deployment of autonomous trucks.

Both sessions will be held in Room C146 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center in conjunction with GATS. The session on autonomous trucks will be held at 1 p.m., and the hours of service session will be held at 3 p.m.

The sessions are open to the public, and FMCSA has encouraged participation, particularly around hours of service reforms. The HOS session is part of FMCSA’s recently announced Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking related to hours of service regulations. FMCSA is seeking feedback on making reforms to the 14-hour rule, adding split sleeper berth flexibility and reviewing the 30-minute break requirement. Read more on the agency’s ANPRM at this link. FMCSA is also accepting written comments for 30 days on the ANPRM at this link.

Relative to autonomous trucks, the agency is seeking feedback on he design, development, testing and integration of autonomous trucks. Specifically, the agency is focusing on autonomous levels 3-5, which range from vehicles requiring a driver who is ready to take control of the vehicle at any time to vehicles capable of performing all driving functions under all conditions.

To register to attend the show, visit gatsonline.com.

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