Calling all truckers on hours of service

By David Tanner, Land Line associate editor | 1/6/2010

Do you have concerns about hours of service? Perhaps you’ve been held up at the docks too many times or have been forced to take a mandatory break just a few miles from your destination. The federal government is ready to listen to you as it develops a new rulemaking on HOS.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will open up the discussion to the public during a series of listening sessions this month in Washington, DC, Texas and California and will accept comments online, by mail and by fax as part of the rulemaking.

OOIDA is gearing up for a strong presence and participation in the process, having laid the groundwork with official comments through the years on just about every aspect of HOS.

“OOIDA will be at every one of those sessions,” said OOIDA Director of Regulatory Affairs Joe Rajkovacz. He will attend the sessions in Texas and California, while OOIDA Government Affairs Director Rod Nofziger and Government Affairs Counsel Laura O’Neill will be on hand for the DC session.

“We’re more than willing to meet with members and discuss what they would like to say during their 10 minutes,” Rajkovacz said.

OOIDA has provided official Association comments and other information at under Issues & Actions. You read the documents here.

FMCSA listening sessions are all-day sessions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time as follows:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the Doubletree Hotel Crystal City National Airport, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202;
  • Friday, Jan. 22, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency Dallas Forth Worth Airport, DFW International Parkway, Dallas/Fort Worth, TX 75261; and
  • Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at the Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles International Airport, 1985 E. Grand Ave., El Segundo, CA 90245

Rajkovacz said OOIDA is encouraging drivers to get there early and get on the docket to speak.

“It’s important for drivers to be heard,” he said. “Many of the people testifying will not have spent even one minute behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle. The agency needs to get real world input from drivers and not just the suit-and-tie set.”

FMCSA would particularly like to hear about rest time, on-duty time, sleeper berth use, and the effect of HOS on loading and unloading times for drivers according to a press release.

Public comments may be submitted in a number of ways, but it’s crucial for the submitter to include the official docket number. The docket number for this rulemaking is FMCSA-2004-19608.

Online: Log on to and follow the online instructions for submitting comments.

Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001

Hand delivery or courier: Monday through Friday, except federal holidays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001

Fax: 1-202-493-2251

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