On September 24, ISRI submitted comments to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in regards to the Drivers Hours-of-Service Rule. ISRI recommended the following:
- ISRI supports expanding the 100 air-mile “Short Haul” exemption from 12 consecutive hours to 14 hours on duty. Working a 14-hour day with breaks included would not place drivers at-risk, and it would not impact driver fatigue. Since drivers take multiple rest breaks throughout the day (driver out of the vehicle waiting to load or unload, etc.), the 30-minute rest break should remain excluded from the short haul exemption.
- ISRI supports extending the 14-hour on-duty limitation by two hours when a truck driver encounters adverse driving conditions. Driving an additional two hours to find a safe haven (rest area, truck stop, parking lot) where a large commercial motor vehicle can be parked safely makes sense instead of parking on an entrance or exit ramp near traffic.
- ISRI has no comment in regards to revising the 30-minute rest break for truck drivers after 8-hours of continuous driving. The majority of ISRI member company drivers operate within a 100 air-mile radius.
- ISRI has no comment in regards to reinstating the option for splitting up the required 10-hour rest break for drivers operating trucks that are equipped with a sleeper-berth compartment. The majority of ISRI member company drivers operate within a 100 air-mile radius.
For more details review the ISRI Transportation Regulatory Guidance / Job Aids webpage (FMCSA Comments)
or contact ISRI’s Transportation Safety Director, Commodor Hall
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