BREAKING NEWS: FMCSA Expected to Make Major HOS Announcement on Wednesday
Updated August 14, 2019 @ 9:34 a.m.
Washington D.C. – After months of anxiously waiting for the unveiling of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) new proposal to amend the hours of service (HOS) rule, it appears we may soon get our first look at what is actually in it.
As Transportation Nation Network (TNN) reported on Monday, speculation about the release of the proposed rule has reached a fever pitch in recent days.
On Tuesday, TNN received a tip from insiders at the Small Business in Transportation Coalition (SBTC) about a possible looming announcement.
Upon further investigation, numerous other reliable sources told TNN an announcement from the agency was expected to be “imminent.”
TNN can now confirm a significant announcement from the FMCSA is expected tomorrow.
An FMCSA spokesperson confirms to TNN that Administrator Ray Martinez will be making an announcement on Wednesday morning in what promises to be a consequential development.
While the spokesperson didn’t confirm the rule will be released tomorrow, TNN expects to be able to report major new information about the agency’s plans.
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Trucking industry stakeholders have been holding their collective breath since U.S. Department Of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced on Friday, March 29 at the Mid-America Trucking Show, the proposed rule on HOS reform had been submitted to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review.
The agency has since missed two target dates (June 7 and July 31) to publish the new proposal in the Federal Register.
Last week, the FMCSA knocked down a report from another trucking news outlet that sought to shed light on the cause of the delay.
An FMCSA spokesperson told TNN the report which quoted a “trusted source” as saying the rule was being held up by the OMB in order to make it more “business friendly,” was “factually inaccurate.”
However, the spokesperson declined to comment further and would only say the agency “hopes to publish it soon.”
As of last week, the OMB confirmed the rule was still under review.
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