When federal agencies propose new regulations, the public is allowed the opportunity to comment on the proposals. Comments can range from anecdotal evidence, like logbook pages showing HOS scenarios, to scientific studies.
Comments can be submitted by fax, mail or electronically. They are also accepted by hand-delivery, but truck parking is scarce in DC.
The following is a breakdown on how to properly submit your comments on proposed regs.
ONLINE: The process of getting to the correct rulemaking you are wanting to comment on is complicated. There’s no quick and easy shortcut.
The following are the full links as you would have to type them to get directly to the notices of proposed rulemaking on hours of service and hand-held cell phones.
Hours of service NPRM: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FMCSA-2004-19608-4095
Hand-held cell phone NPRM: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FMCSA-2010-0096-0001
But, to make it a bit easier, Land Line used the website bit.ly to create shortened versions of the link that will take you directly to documents. The links are case specific, so type them in carefully.
Once on the page displaying the rulemaking, simply click the “Submit comment” button. You will be directed to a form for personal information, followed by another page where you will submit your actual comments. You can submit comments anonymously.
MAIL: If you would prefer to submit comments in writing, you can do so by either mail or fax. In either case you will need to include the Docket ID to indicate which rulemaking you are commenting on. The following are the Docket IDs for the two current NPRMs.
Hours of service NPRM: FMCSA-2004-19608
Hand-held cell phone NPRM: FMCSA-2010-0096
Mail comments to:
Docket Management Facility (M-30)
U.S. Department of Transportation
West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140
1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20590-0001