FMCSA Sets New Target Date To Reveal Hours Of Service Proposal
Washington D.C. – The long-awaited and much anticipated reveal of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) new proposal to reform hours of service (HOS) regulations is still more than a month away, according to a new DOT update.
The FMCSA already missed its stated target date of June 7, 2019, to unveil its new proposal.
Now, they agency says a new target date of July 31, 2019 has been set.
The proposed HOS rule was submitted to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on March 28 and has now been under review for 98 days.
Typically, OMB is given 90 days to complete its review.
FMCSA cannot publish the proposed rule in the Federal Register until OMB completes its review.
In an email to Transportation Nation Network (TNN) earlier this month, an FMCSA spokesperson said, “The timelines in the Department’s regulatory updates serve as goals for the Agency and are reflective of FMCSA’s plan to move quickly during this rulemaking process.”
Simply put, the agency’s target date is flexible, which is exactly what many in the trucking community are hoping the new HOS rule proposal will be.
If the agency meets its new target date of July 31, the comment period will end September 16 (47 days).
Based on sources TNN has spoken with, it is likely an extension of the comment period will be sought by various trucking stakeholders.
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