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FMCSA’s Proposed Hours of Service Changes

posted Jan 28, 2011, 2:13 PM by Ivan Cronick

The American Trucking Association (ATA) is launching an aggressive campaign in response to the Obama Administration's attempt to replace proven and safe hours of service with a complex, restrictive set of unproven rules that would reduce industry productivity and cause adverse safety consequences. As part of the campaign, ATA is urging trucking companies to engage their drivers, educate them on the proposed changes, and strongly encourage them to submit their written objections to FMCSA as soon as possible but no later than February 28, 2011.


To help carriers and drivers with this task, ATA has included the following on the SafeDriverHours.com website:

  1. A summary of the proposed HOS changes to help educate drivers, found by clicking here.
  2. An easy to read chart comparing the proposed changes to the current HOS rules to help educate drivers, found here.  
  3. Talking points for drivers, a template to help drivers draft their thoughts, and easy instructions for drivers on how to send their comments to FMCSA, found by clicking here.

OTA will also be addressing these changes in upcoming training and informational sessions. Please see more information in the OTA events section.