FMCSA says HOS proposal may be a while

| 9/6/2001

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says that a new hours-of-service proposal is not likely to be issued within the next year. Todd Spencer, OOIDA vice president, said, "The delay is not unexpected, given the magnitude of problems the previous proposals created."

Published reports indicate major proposals like the HOS rule changes are likely to be delayed until the confirmation of the agency's administrator is made official. The White House has nominated former Roadway executive Joseph Clapp for the job. The Bush administration says Clapp's confirmation by the Senate is a top priority.

The agency is also waiting for the results of an independent cost-benefit analysis. Industry officials are hopeful that a workable solution will result from the added time FMCSA will spend looking for a solution. "The agency should take the necessary time to consider the costs and benefits," says Spencer, "as well as the practicality of the rules."

FMCSA spokesman David Longo says the cost study could take at least a year to complete from the time the contractor is selected.