FMCSA Extends Emergency HOS Waiver
New website helps drivers better understand agency’s revised hours-of-service regulations
FMCSA recently extended — through December 31 — the waiver on hours-of-service (HOS) requirements for trucks transporting livestock and feed.
The waiver is based on the national emergency declared for COVID-19. It specifically does not cover drivers carrying mixed loads with only a “nominal quantity” of a waiver-qualifying item.
In related news, FMCSA launched its Educational Tool for Hours of Service (ETHOS), an online tool for carriers and drivers to help them better understand the agency’s revised hours-of-service (HOS) regulations.
Once a user keys in dutystatus information, ETHOS identifies potential violations to the HOS rules for transporting non-passenger cargo, including the following: 11-hour driving limit; 14-hour driving window; 30-minute rest break; and sleeper berth provision.
The website notes ETHOS does not cover the 60/70-hour limit regulations, which have not changed under the new rules.
Information provided by USDA Grain Transportation Report.