An amendment that would have allowed the FMCSA to expedite hours-of-service reforms was withdrawn before it was brought to a vote in the House of Representatives.
The amendment, which was slated for consideration on the floor of the U.S. House as a part of a larger aviation-related bill, if enacted, would have allowed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to proceed directly to issuing a proposed rule on any changes to HOS regulations.
In other words, the amendment would have removed the requirement for the FMCSA to issue an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM), for any changes in the hours-of-service regulations for a period of two years, and move directly to the proposed rule phase.
According to Duane DeBruyne, an FMCSA spokesperson, the ANPRM isn’t always required. He said, “It all depends on the circumstances of the issue/the matter at hand. An ANPRM isn’t necessarily required before issuing an NPRM.”
It is important to note that the amendment was filed by Rep. Rick Crawford for consideration as part of a larger aviation bill. However, it was never offered for consideration when the bill came up on the House floor. On Thursday, Rep. Rick Crawford’s office confirmed that the amendment was withdrawn. As of now, the reasons for withdrawing the amendment are unknown.
Although the amendment to potentially expedite hours-of-service reform was withdrawn, the Denham amendment was added to the broader legislative package.
The U.S. House on Thursday voted to add the Denham amendment, which would exempt carriers from complying with state laws which require them to provide paid rest and meal breaks. For more details, read: Measure to block state laws on driver pay/breaks tacked on to House bill.
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