U.S. Department of Transportation Modernizes HOS Rules to Improve Safety and Increase Flexibility
Updated: Jul 15, 2020
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s
final rule for changes to its hours-of-service
regulations could go into effect as soon as the end of
The FMCSA's final rule is scheduled to publish in the
Federal Register on June 1, and changes are set to go
into effect 120 days after publication to allow ELD
manufacturers to implement programming changes.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal
Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
published a final rule updating hours of service
(HOS) rules to increase safety on America’s
roadways by updating existing regulations for
commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers.
“America’s truckers are doing a heroic job keeping
our supply chains open during this unprecedented
time and these rules will provide them greater
flexibility to keep America moving,” said U.S.
Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
“The Department of Transportation and the Trump
Administration listened directly to the concerns of
truckers seeking rules that are safer and have more
flexibility—and we have acted.
These updated hours of service rules are based on the
thousands of comments we received from the American
people. These reforms will improve safety on America’s
roadways and strengthen the nation’s motor carrier
industry,” said FMCSA Acting Administrator Jim Mullen.
Based on the detailed public comments and input from the
American people, FMCSA’s final rule on hours of service
offers four key revisions to the existing HOS rules: