Thirty U.S. Senators have written a letter to the FMCSA Head Raymond Martinez seeking changes in the current hours-of-service regulations.
The four-paragraph letter doesn’t mention any specific reforms to current hours-of-service rules, but it urges the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to “provide a more commonsense framework for drivers, rather than a one-size-fits-all model.”
The Senators are hoping that the FMCSA “will be able to improve regulations and address issues within HOS regulations for all drivers, including long-haul drivers, short-haul drivers, agricultural, and livestock haulers.”
You can read the complete letter here.
The implementation of the FMCSA’s ELD mandate has started conversations on the effectiveness and flexibility of the current hours-of-service regulations.
A few groups were against the implementation of the ELD mandate. However, it is important to remember that the ELD rule does not change the HOS rules and regulations. ELDs only enforce drivers to follow the current rules.
Now that drivers are using electronic logging devices that automatically record Hours of Service, the industry is in a much better position to identify potential improvements that could increase safety and productivity for commercial drivers.
The Senate letter isn’t the first attempt at reforming the current hours-of-service regulations. In March 2018, a bill was introduced in the U.S. House that would allow drivers to pass their 14-hour on-duty clock for up to three hours a day.
KeepTruckin is also playing its part in making sure that the hours-of-service rules are good for drivers and the trucking industry. Last year, we analyzed our data and identified that 75% of drivers are detained at a pickup or drop-off location for 2+ hours every week. On average, a driver faces 7 extended detention events every month.
More importantly, after being detained, many drivers drive 3.5 MPH faster to make deliveries within the 14-hour limit — which is not a safe practice.
Therefore, KeepTruckin launched a petition asking the FMCSA to extend the 14-hour limit to 16 hours if drivers are detained by a shipper or receiver for more than 2 hours.
The implementation of the ELD mandate is helping important conversations about the effectiveness of the current hours-of-service regulations. With the help of actual data, the trucking industry is in a much better position to call for changes in the regulations that would be better for commercial drivers and the overall trucking industry.