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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:

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