Who likes to share their thoughts? Do you like to express your opinions out loud? Well if you’re in the transportation industry, then the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) wants you to do just that! Recently the U.S. Department of Transportation proposed the much anticipated changes to the hours of service rules. The aim is to increase truck drivers’ flexibility while on the clock, and with drivers being the main subject, the FMCSA wants to hear from them!
FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez told reporters the following, “The FMCSA wants drivers and all CMV stakeholders to share their thoughts and opinions on the proposed changes to hours of service rules that we are putting forward”. What are the changes Mr. Martinez is referring to?
- Flexibility for the 30-minute break rule.
- Modifying the sleeper berth exception.
- Allowing one off duty break of at least 30 minutes.
- Modifying the adverse driving conditions by exception.
- Changing to the short haul exception.
While these changes seem to benefit drivers across the country, it would appear that the government has another hope in mind. The changes are estimated to provide $274 million in savings for the U.S. economy and American consumers. Most importantly the changes are expected to enhance safety on our roads.
To see the details of the five key changes visit fleetowner.com which will explain where we were, where we are, and where we are going with driver flexibility and safety. Drivers share your thoughts!