FMCSA Announces Pilot Program to Probe More Flexibility in HOS, Seeks Comments by Nov. 2

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requests comments, by Nov, 2, on a proposed pilot program for commercial driver's license (CDL) holders who meet specified criteria.

The Split Duty Period Pilot Program would temporarily modify the hours-of-service (HOS) requirement that drivers of property-carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) must complete all their driving within 14 hours of their coming on duty.

CMV drivers in the pilot would have the option to pause their 14-hour on-duty period (driving window) with one off-duty period not less than 30 minutes and not more than 3 hours.

The program aims to collect hard evidence on how to align HOS flexibility with the scheduling preferences of employers, shippers, and receivers — i.e., how to optimize productivity, while ensuring safety is as good as or better than without the HOS modification.

This article comes from U.S. Department of Agriculture's Sept. 10, 2020 Grain Transportation Report.

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