FMCSA will miss June 7 date for for unveiling its proposal for HOS regulations changes, 30 min. break likely to stay

“It appears likely that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will miss its projected June 7 date for unveiling its proposal for overhauling hours of service regulations and opening the proposal up for public comments. With just two days remaining until that date, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget has yet to stamp its approval on the proposal, which it must do before FMCSA publishes the document.” – According to article in and its author 

Jillet also wrote – “Also in the meantime, and perhaps more pressing, Congress could stick its nose into the hours overhaul process. Tucked into a budget bill that cleared the House’s Appropriations Committee on Tuesday is a provision that would, in effect, protect the 30-minute break within current hours regs.”

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“The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Thursday it has extended an emergency declaration for 16 states in the Plains and Midwest due to historic flooding across the region”. – According to article in and its author 

States included in the declaration are Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin

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“Lawmakers holding the purse strings on Capitol Hill are attempting to keep federal regulators from pre-empting states that choose to pass and enforce stricter meal and rest-break laws.

If signed into law, the provision would be a setback for carriers benefiting from recent decisions that help them avoid lawsuits filed by drivers alleging unfair work practices.

In addition, the Democrats’ legislation seeks to continue to exempt agriculture haulers of livestock and insects from the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate. It also would require driver violations be made public under FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program, a provision that had been eliminated in 2015”.- According to article in and its author John Gallagher

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“Two agencies within the U.S. Department of Transportation are seeking public input on removing regulatory barriers to allow the integration of autonomous vehicles onto public roads”. – According to article in / and its author 

Cole also wrote -” FMCSA’s notice will seek public comment on questions regarding several regulatory areas to better understand how changes to its rules can account for differences between human drivers and automated driving systems (ADS)”.

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