FMCSA Boss Says Hours Reforms on Track, Urges Carriers to Switch to ELDs Ahead of Deadline

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

At the recent Omnitracs Outlook user conference in Dallas, Ray Martinez, administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), said the agency is nearer to proposing a rule to change federal hours of service (HOS) regulations but did not offer any insight as to what the rule would entail. In addition, he said the agency doesn't want to delay the Dec. 16 compliance date for the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate and urged carriers to transition from automatic onboard recording devices (AOBRDs) to full-fledged ELDs well ahead of time. The agency has not made changes to the HOS rules since 2003, but Martinez said now that the trucking industry is complying with the ELD rule, it has been receiving data from motor carriers that "highlights areas in the current existing hours-of-service regulations that we may need to adjust or improve. ... If we are going to get the benefit of ELDs, we should be able to look at some fundamental changes in the hours of service that have really not been looked at in 15 years." He added that the FMCSA also is working on the new scoring model for its Compliance, Safety, Accountability program, which should be in place by the end of 2019.

Commercial Carrier Journal - Arron Huff 3/19/2019

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