The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) placed four additional research studies in the docket for the Hours-of-Service (HOS) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM).
The proposed rule was published on the Federal Register at the end of 2010. The four studies are: The Impact of Driving, Non-Driving Work, and Rest Breaks on Driving Performance in Commercial Motor Vehicle Operations; Hours of Service and Driver Fatigue-Driver Characteristics Research; Analysis of the Relationship Between Operator Cumulative Driving Hours and Involvement in Preventable Collisions; and Potential Causes Of Driver Fatigue: A Study On Transit Bus Operators In Florida.
FMCSA said it is also reopening the HOS NPRM comment period to allow for public review and discussion of these studies. FMCSA added that it was committed to receiving and analyzing all public comments on the studies before it completes work on the final rule, and it was planning to extend the final rule publication date. FMCSA advised motor carrier operators to the settlement agreement of the need for an extended rulemaking schedule.