Hours of Service of Drivers; Supporting Documents
Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM); request for comments.
The FHWA proposes to amend the hours-of-service (HOS) recordkeeping requirements of its regulations. The Hazardous Materials Transportation Authorization Act of 1994 mandated that amendments be made to these regulations. The FHWA, with this NPRM, proposes a supporting document auditing system that all motor carriers would use to support the accuracy of the drivers' Records of Duty Status (RODS) and Hours of Service (HOS). Additionally, this NPRM would specify that failure to have such a system would require the motor carrier to maintain various types of business documents and all drivers employed by that motor carrier to collect and submit such documents in order to support the accuracy of the drivers' RODS. The proposed auditing systems and document retention proposal would enable the motor carriers, Federal, State, and local enforcement officials to compare business documents with drivers' records of duty status to monitor drivers' compliance with the HOS and RODS requirements. This proposed rule would require drivers and motor carriers to make use of documents generated or received in the normal course of business to verify the accuracy of a driver's record of duty status. The use of electronic recordkeeping methods is proposed as a preferred alternative to paper supporting document records.