The Trump administration is working on many aspects of truck regulation. The U.S. Department of Transportation wants to eliminate a mandatory 30-minute rest break for drivers, and allow states more flexibility in how Commercial Drivers’ Licenses are issued.
Specifically, DOT is looking at changes in mandatory rest breaks, length of driving time (11 hours a day) and on-duty time (15 hours), among other changes. Current hours of service (HOS) regulations have been in place since the Obama administration issued them in early 2012, but nothing will change at least for a year, following a lengthy public comment period after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issues its notice of proposed rulemaking, which is expected this summer.
FMCSA said the proposal is intended to allow states greater flexibility in conducting skill tests for individuals seeking a commercial driver’s license (CDL). The proposal would alleviate testing delays and eliminate needless inconvenience and expense to the CDL applicant—without compromising safety.
Source: Logistics Management