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ALC Executive Vice President
Daniel J. Dructor
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P.O. Box 966
Hemphill, TX 75948
T: 409.625.0206
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Register Your Comment on Revising Current Hours-of-Service Regulations for Interstate Truck Drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is considering how to proceed with possible hours of service reforms for interstate truck drivers. FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez recently announced administrative rulemaking for potential changes, but has stated the agency will only move on reforms if it receives the feedback and data necessary to do so.  You can submit a comment by clicking here.


There are three areas FMCSA hopes to see feedback around: (1) Extending drivers’ daily 14-hour clock by two hours should adverse conditions arise; (2) adding split sleeper berth flexibility to hours regs, (3) nixing the 30-minute break requirement and allowing short-haul drivers to operate 14 hours in a day instead of the current 12-hour allotment.


The American Loggers Council has filed written comments (click here for letter) urging FMCSA to pursue reforms.  ALC supports expanding the current 12-hours on-duty requirement to 14 hours to accommodate haulers that typically experience long-wait times at mills.  ALC also supports revising the definition of adverse driving conditions to include those times when log trucks are being detained by other third party organizations (such as mills) which are not allowing them to make their needed deliveries. 


Log haulers tend to operate similarly to those in the agriculture industry, as wood products must be delivered to processing facilities in a timely manner.  ALC asked FMCSA to regard logging as an agricultural activity and that all exemptions enjoyed by the agriculture industry should include the timber harvesting industry.  


You can provide your own comments directly by clicking here and filling out the comment form.  Your comments will be delivered directly to the agency. Comments are due by September 24, 2018.