this morning, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
(FMCSA) announced the publication of its long-awaited final rule on
changes to the hours-of-service (HOS) regulations.
applauds the Agency for taking an active role in receiving input
from all stakeholders to craft flexible regulations for the
industry while still improving safety, and for also expediting this
rule change to provide the maximum benefit.
is very pleased to see that sleeper berth flexibility has been
increased to allow for 7/3 splits and that the previously required
30-minute rest break will now only be required after eight
consecutive hours of driving, with more options for how the break
can be taken. TCA also notes that revisions to the short-haul
exemption and the adverse weather conditions rule are present in
the Final Rule.
new hours-of-service changes show that FMCSA is listening to
industry and fulfilling its duty to establish data-driven
regulations that truly work,” stated TCA President John Lyboldt.
“We especially thank the Agency for moving forward with additional
sleeper berth flexibility. While TCA and our members advocate for
full flexibility in the sleeper berth for our drivers, FMCSA’s new
regulations demonstrate that we are one step closer to achieving
is still in the process of reviewing the Final Rule in its
entirety. We will provide further updates for our members as we
continue to identify the full impacts of the regulatory changes.