The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has denied eight petitions for reconsideration from organizations that want to alter the hours-of-service final rule. Published April 28, the new hours-of-service final rule addresses the issue of driver fatigue and sets standards for driving and off-duty time. The previous rules had been in effect with few changes for more than 60 years.
The petitions covered four categories: requests to allow off-duty time to extend the 14-hour on-duty limit; to exempt utility vehicles and workers from hours-of-service regulations; for miscellaneous changes, such as changing the definition of commercial motor vehicles; and to allow early compliance with the new hours-of-service rules before the Jan. 4, 2004, effective date.
From the National Association of Fleet Administrators Newsletter