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Release of controversial new truck driver rules delayed

According to the Journal of Commerce, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will delay the release of its controversial new truck driver hours-of-service (HOS) rules until October.

According to the Journal of Commerce, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will delay the release of its controversial new truck driver hours-of-service (HOS) rules until October.

AgTC, a coalition made up of a wide range of agricultural shipping interests, also weighed in on the pending FMCSA HOS Rule. In its communication to members, it stressed the “...increasing concern among shippers about the additional costs for all products moving by truck (either short haul or long haul)...” due to the HOS regulations for truck drivers.

The proposed rule would reduce the driving hour limit from 11 to 10 hours, retain the current “Driving Window” but restrict “Hour On-Duty Time Limit” provisions. Other HOS changes would add extra time to mandated rest breaks and additional restrictions to “Restart” provisions.

AgTC also noted that “...motor carriers, drivers, trade associations, shippers and other stakeholders have submitted comments and asserted that the proposed changes are unnecessary... and that the current rules are both safe and effective...”

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