US truckies want further flexibility
WHILE compliance with the new Electronic Logging Device rule has quickly reached 99%, it has also brought renewed focus on contentious hours of service rules in the US.
That’s why the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration held a special two hour listening session at GATS to hear truckies’ concerns.
Without doubt the overriding message was a need for more flexibility in the current rest rules.
Chip Arnold of Bearden Transportation suggested providing drivers with an additional three-hour block of on-duty time once a week that they could use at their discretion when conditions warranted.
The areas under consideration for revision are: Expanding the current 100 air-mile “short-haul” exemption from 12 hours on-duty to 14 hours on-duty; Extending the current 14-hour on-duty limitation by up to two hours when a truck driver encounters adverse driving conditions; Revising the current mandatory 30-minute break for truck drivers after eight-hours of continuous driving; and reinstating the option for splitting up the required 10-hour off-duty rest break for drivers operating trucks that are equipped with a sleeper-berth compartment.
FMCSA enforcement boss Joe DeLorenzo.