U.S. close to publishing new hours of service regulations

by Canadian Shipper

The Private Motor Truck Council (PMTC)is advising that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association in the U.S. is gearing up to publish a final rule on hours of service by the end of May.

The PMTC says the ruling will go into effect 60 days after the May 31 publication date while implementation for inter-state trucking will take place eight months after that date.

"In normal practice, the effective date and the implementation date are the same. In this case there is quite a time lag between the two. This time will be used for training the 8,000 state and federal enforcement officers, updating computers and manuals, and giving suppliers time to update software for driver logs, etc," PMTC comments in its newsletter to members.

U.S. states will also be given 3 years from the effective date to adopt the new rules for intra-state trucking.

At this point the content of the new rules is being kept very confidential. There is some speculation, however, that it will include:

A change in on duty hours from 15 hours to 14 hours
A change in driving time from 10 hours to 11 hours
A change in off duty time from 8 hours to 10 hours

The FMCSA website will contain details of the new rules once they are published.

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