By JHMT StaffSeptember 4, 2020
On September 3, the US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published in the Federal Register a notice and request for comments titled Hours of Service of Drivers; Pilot Program To Allow Commercial Drivers To Pause Their 14-Hour Driving Window (Docket No. FMCSA-2020-0098). According to the notice, FMCSA is proposing a pilot program to allow temporary regulatory relief from the Agency's hours-of-service (HOS) requirement that all driving by drivers of property-carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) be completed within 14 hours after coming on duty.
Continuing from the notice: During the pilot program, known as the Split Duty Period Pilot Program, participating CMV drivers would have the option to pause their 14-hour on-duty period (also called a driving window) with one off-duty period of no less than 30 minutes and no more than 3 hours. Participation would be limited to a certain number of commercial driver's license (CDL) holders who meet the criteria specified for participation. This pilot program seeks to gather statistically reliable evidence whether decisions concerning the timing of such flexibility can be aligned with employers', shippers', and receivers' scheduling preferences to optimize productivity while ensuring safety performance at a level equivalent to or greater than what would be achieved absent the regulatory relief.
View the notice in the Federal Register. Comments can be submitted through Regulations.gov. Comments must be received on or before November 2, 2020. The implementation date of the Pilot Program would be announced in subsequent Federal Register notices. Readers concerned with HOS changes should be sure not to miss HazMat Alert 2020-32, issued on June 1, 2020, covering the most recent FMCSA HOS Final Rule which will be taking effect as of September 29.