By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

ARTBA Vice President of Regulatory and Legal Issues Nick Goldstein Sept. 17 delivered public remarks to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) supporting the agency’s proposed changes to rest rules for truck drivers.

The federal Hours of Service (HOS) rules govern the amount of time that drivers, including those operating heavy construction equipment, can spend on the road. Goldstein voiced ARTBA’s support for two changes in the proposal that are especially relevant to association members: an increase to the “short-haul” exemption from 12 to 14 hours and 100 to 150 air miles; and allowing on-duty, non-driving activity to qualify for the 30-minute rest break.

Goldstein also urged FHWA to allow workers who end the day at a different job location than where they started to qualify for the short-haul exemption. Currently, workers must start and end the day in the same worksite in order to take advantage of the exemption.

During the FMCSA “listening session,” the agency also announced it is extending the comment period on the proposed HOS revisions until Oct. 21. ARTBA will submit written comments in support of the proposal.