HEADS UP: Call the hotline and shape the HOS discussion

By David Tanner, Land Line associate editor | 1/25/2010

Truckers still have plenty of opportunity to help shape the future of hours-of-service rules. With two FMCSA listening sessions in the books and the third of four happening today, Monday, Jan. 25, in Los Angeles, truckers can call a special hotline and are still encouraged to write, fax or file comments online.

If you would like to let officials know how you feel about driving time, waiting at the docks or clock restarts, pick up the phone today and call toll free 866-216-6835, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pacific Time. Enter the access code “617416” and you will be put through to FMCSA officials who are conducting the listening session at the Doubletree LAX at the Los Angeles airport.

Those with Web access can find information about the issue and the comment process at the FMCSA site.

After today’s session, there is one official meeting left, happening Thursday, Jan. 28, from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Central Time in Davenport, IA. The Comfort Inn Hotel and Suites at 8300 Northwest Blvd. is just off I-80 and within walking distance of a Flying J.

OOIDA leadership and members have had a strong presence at the first two listening sessions held in the DC area and in Dallas. To read what was said in Dallas on Friday, click here.

Land Line Magazine Senior Editor Jami Jones is in attendance today in Los Angeles, and OOIDA plans to represent members again in Davenport. The call-in number during the Davenport session is the same, 866-216-6835, with the access code “223256.”

Or perhaps you prefer to submit comments in writing. For that, you will need to know the Docket ID number, which is: FMCSA-2004-19608.

Address comments to: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001. The fax number is 202-493-2251.

Click here for a shortcut to file comments via the FMCSA’s online form.

The FMCSA has posted a list of discussion topics that the agency is interested in hearing about. That list includes rest and on-duty time, the 60-70-hour clock restart, sleeper berth use, loading and unloading time and general interest.

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