Washington – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has scheduled a public listening session (.pdf file) on Oct. 30 in Santa Barbara, CA, to discuss hours-of-service regulations for passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicles.
FMCSA stated it is seeking feedback on whether HOS regulations for drivers of these vehicles need to be altered, and that it is in the process of drafting a notice of proposed rulemaking. Current regulations allow up to 10 hours of passenger-carrying driving time following eight hours off-duty. Driving is prohibited after 15 hours of total time on-duty, including non-driving hours.
Recent HOS regulation changes (.pdf file) for property-carrying CMVs issued in December 2011 do not apply to passenger-carrying CMVs.
The listening session is open to the public and will be available on the FMCSA website.