Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration briefed industry, organized
labor, law enforcement and safety interest groups March 26 to obtain
input regarding its plans to implement the new HOS rule expected
to be published by mid-April or no later than May 31, 2003.
to the agency, truckdrivers will not be expected to follow the new
rules until at least eight months after they are published.
details were provided on the content of the new rules.
the months following publication, FMCSA plans to implement the rule,
allowing states adequate time to incorporate the rule and to give
various industries adequate time to prepare for compliance, should
it be approved.
the regulation is implemented, carriers and law enforcement will
operate under the currently existing HOS rules. Within eight months
of publication, FMCSA plans to train more than 8,000 Federal and
Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program investigators, inspectors
and auditors, the agency said.