Annette Sandberg, acting
administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration,
said the agency had no deadline to make public its plan to reform
federal regulations for commercial drivers’ hours.
Pressure is mounting on the
FMCSA to issue long-awaited hours-of-service rules that contain
contentious issues other than hours truckers may drive without rest,
such as the need for black boxes inside trucks and specifics concerning
driver background checks.
However, Sandberg told transportation
officials Jan. 13 at the 82nd annual meeting of the Transportation
Research Board there’s no deadline, according to press reports.
She said a proposal to change
the 64-year-old rules was submitted to the Office of Management
and Budget for its review Jan. 3. OMB’s review could take 90 days
to complete and would include a cost-benefit analysis of the plan
and a review of the supporting data.
Once OMB releases the regulation
back to FMCSA, the agency can implement the new rules 30 days after
they are published in the Federal Register.