FMCSA Public Listening Session and Comment Period

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is to hold Public Listening Sessions to address specific areas under consideration for revision and two petitions surrounding the Hours of Service rule-making.

Essentially, a lot of us have questions, concerns, and issues about Hours of Service and at times it feels that we do not have a voice, and can do nothing to influence change.

Well, this is the time to listen in, and to table your feedback to the FMCSA.


For anyone interested in listening to the sessions, they are scheduled for the following dates:


Provide your feedback to the FMCSA

The original deadline for comments was set to Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 but FMCSA pushed that back by 2 1/2 weeks to Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. 

The agency believed that it was appropriate to extend the comment period to provide interested parties additional time to submit their responses given the high profile nature of HOS and ELD. 

For those who are unable to attend any of the listening sessions, but who still wish to comment on the HOS reform, you may submit comments to FMCSA here.

Areas to review

FMCSA posted an advance notice of public rule-making that was published Aug. 23, 2018.  In that notice, FMCSA requested comments back on 4 specific aspects of the HOS rules where they are considering changes. They include: 

  1. The 100-air-mile short-haul HOS limit;
  2. The HOS exception for adverse driving conditions;
  3. The 30-minute rest break provision; and
  4. A rule that would allow drivers to split their required time in the sleeper berth. 


FMCSA has also asked for comments on the following HOS petition:

  • Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) and