US truck­ies want fur­ther flex­i­bil­ity

Big Rigs - - GREAT AMERICAN TRUCKING SHOW -

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.

PHOTO: JAMES GRAHAM

FMCSA en­force­ment boss Joe DeLorenzo.

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