FMCSA Publishes Start Date for Hours of Service Modifications

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) officially published modifications to Hours of Service regulatory provisions. Motor carriers and drivers can implement the modifications starting September 29, 2020. The official final rule by FMCSA is available HERE.

The National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) crafted a Fact Sheet to assist members in implementing the new hours of service provisions.

The modifications include improving the short-haul operation exemption by extending the maximum on-duty time from 12- to 14-hours and expanding the maximum air-mile radius from 100- to 150-air miles. The modifications also include changes to the regulations on adverse driving conditions, 30-minute rest break requirements, and split sleeper-berth.

NPGA estimates these modifications could save the industry more than $11 million annually in paperwork costs, and provide 30,000 bobtail drivers more time to serve customers during deliveries.

Please direct any questions or comments to NPGA’s Sarah Reboli, Deputy Counsel, Regulatory Affairs.