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ISRI Makes Recommendations to FMCSA Regarding Drivers Hours-of-Service Rule

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:

 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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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