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Stakeholders Petition FMCSA to Delay HOS Implementation

Hours of Service (HOS) final rule is set to take effect on September 29

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An alliance of stakeholder groups representing consumer safety, labor, and other interests filed a petition on June 30, asking FMCSA to delay implementing the Hours of Service (HOS) final rule, now set to take effect on September 29.

The petition makes a case against each of the four major changes the final rule would make to the HOS regulations.

The petition asserts FMCSA has failed to consider historical precedent and data concerning driver fatigue and failed to conduct an appropriate analysis of the rule’s impact on public safety.

A different stakeholder group also filed a petition, on June 30 asking FMCSA to reconsider language in the HOS final rule concerning adverse driving conditions and personal conveyance.

The group has also asked FMCSA to comprehensively review all existing HOS exemptions, updating obsolete language in exemptions or eliminating them entirely, as appropriate. FMCSA has confirmed that it is reviewing the petition.

Information provided by the USDA Grain Transportation Report.

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