OOIDA is asking the FMCSA to modify the hours-of-service rules and make the 14-hour rule more flexible for commercial drivers.
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) specifically asked in a petition to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for a pause of the drivers’ 14-hour clock for up to three hours. OOIDA also asked to abolish the 30-minute break requirement.
“The current regulations are overly complex, provide no flexibility and in no way reflect the physical capabilities or limitations of individual drivers. They force drivers to be on the road when they are tired or fatigued, during busy travel times and adverse weather and road conditions,” OOIDA said in a petition signed by Todd Spencer.
The owner-operators and independent drivers group requested the following changes:
Under current hours rules, drivers are compelled to take a 30-minute rest break within their first eight hours on duty each day — without allowing the 14-hour clock to stop.
The association, however, said drivers would still have to be off-duty for ten consecutive hours before their next shift. OOIDA believes that modifying hours rules would “improve highway safety.”
“Current HOS regulations force truckers to comply with a regulatory framework that jeopardizes their safety and the safety of the traveling public. The federal HOS should foster safe driving habits, not prevent them.”
OOIDA asked the FMCSA to modify the HOS rules and make the 14-hour rule flexible.
The group said the FMCSA should post the petition in the Federal Register and initiate efforts to change the HOS regulations.
Regardless of how the FMCSA responds to OOIDA’s request, the fact remains that the ELD rule is in effect. And the good news is that FMCSA-compliant ELDs will continue assisting drivers with hours-of-service rules — despite the changes that may or may not be implemented.