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Emergency Conditions Exceptions –Applicability to Civil Disturbance

Question 28:  May drivers use the emergency conditions exception in § 395.1(b)(2) to complete a trip without violating the hours of service regulations if the trip was delayed due to a civil disturbance causing drivers to reasonably fear for their physical safety?

Answer:  Yes, if the trip is one which could normally and reasonably have been completed without violating the part 395 hours of service regulations and the delay is due to civil disturbances causing...

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Publishes Hours of Service Proposal to Improve Safety and Increase Flexibility for Commercial Drivers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on changes to hours of service (HOS) rules to increase safety on America’s roadways by updating existing regulations for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers.  “This proposed rule seeks to enhance safety by giving America’s commercial drivers more flexibility while maintaining the safety limits on driving time,” said U.S....

FMCSA Hours of Service Proposed Rule

 

**Update: Public Comment Period Now Open Until Monday, October 21, 2019**

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on updates to hours of service (HOS) rules to increase safety and provide additional flexibility for commercial drivers.The proposed rule on hours of service rule offers five key modifications to the existing HOS rules:

  • The Agency proposes a change the short-haul...

U.S. Department of Transportation Works to Help American Farmers and Commercial Drivers by Seeking Public Comment on Agricultural Commodity Definitions

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that it is seeking public comment on revising agricultural commodity or livestock definitions in hours-of-service (HOS) regulations. The Agency worked closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on this effort to provide clarity for the nation’s farmers and commercial drivers.  “The agriculture industry is vital to our nation and we look forward to receiving...