FMCSA HOS ANPRM
On August 23, 2018, FMCSA published an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) to gather input on proposed changes to 4 HOS provisions, but currenty the proposal only focuses on trucking operations. Motorcoach operators should be apart of this rulemaking, as 2 of the 4 HOS provisions under consideration affect motorcoach operations. File comments today urging FMCSA to include passenger carrier operators as part of this rulemaking - to assist operators ABA has provided the resources below:
Click here to view the ANPRM
ABA's Andrew Newhart presenting ABA's comments on the HOS ANPRM to FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez
Although the ANPRM references property carrier HOS only, the issues outlined in the ANPRM affect passenger carrier HOS provisions also, specifically the short-haul operations exception and the adverse driving conditions exceptions. The motorcoach industry needs to submit comments to ensure FMCSA considers motorcoach operations in finalizing any changes to these HOS exceptions.
In addition to the ANPRM, FMCSA has held several public listening sessions – primarily targeted toward the trucking industry. You can view a recording of each listening session here. The Agency is taking this action in response to the implementation of the electronic logging device rule and several petitions for rulemaking filed by the trucking community. ABA has prepared draft comments, and plans to file them by today's deadline.
The Agency specifically seeks comments and data from the public in response to this ANPRM on the following topics:
1. Short-haul operations.
2. Adverse driving conditions.
3. 30-minute break.
4. Split-sleeper berth.
5. Petitions from OOIDA and Trucker Nation.
Comments were due October 10, 2018.
ABA Supporting Activities
September 20, 2018 Conference Call
ABA Member Alert
September 2018 GAP Monthly Update