The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has proposed modifications to the current Hours of Service (HOS) rules that will increase safety standards and allow more flexibility for commercial drivers while they are on duty. The proposal was published on August 15th, with a 45-day comment period following. The changes would not interfere with driving time and continue to prevent Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) drivers from driving more than eight consecutive hours without a 30-minute change in duty status. HOS rules are implemented to make the roads safer by requiring drivers to log their driving hours with accuracy and completion and limits the number of hours a driver can drive each day, which reduces fatigued drivers.
From time to time, these rules are amended or modified to enhance safety precautions and efficiency, such as the last HOS rule change which went into effect requiring the use of an Electronic Logging Device (ELD) last April 2018. Both employers and employees are expected to understand and follow any modifications made to existing FMCSA rules and regulations to maintain compliance and safety on the roads for all.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the proposed modifications are as such:
Maintaining and properly logging your Hours of Service are vital to meeting transportation compliance standards and important in case of an audit. DISA’s Transportation Compliance Team (DTC) can assist you with a variety of transportation solutions and services, including helping you log your Hours of Service. Additional DISA transportation services include:
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