Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket ID FMCSA-2011-0373 using any of the following methods:
If you need sign language assistance to participate in this HOS listening session, contact Ms. Watson by Thursday, October 18, 2012, to allow us to arrange for such services. There is no guarantee that interpreter services requested on short notice can be provided.
The HOS requirements for motorcoach operators have not been substantially revised in several decades.
The current HOS rules for passenger-carrying operations allow up to 10 hours of driving time following 8 consecutive hours off duty. Driving is prohibited after the operator has accumulated 15 hours of on-duty time following 8 consecutive hours off duty (15-hour rule). The 15-hour window may be extended by off-duty periods, unlike the 14-hour window for drivers of property-carrying vehicles.
With regard to weekly limitations, drivers of passenger-carrying vehicles are subject to a 60- or 70-hour rule but, unlike drivers of property-carrying vehicles, they may not restart their calculations after 34 consecutive hours off duty. At this time, the Agency is moving toward developing a proposal to revise the regulations for hours-of-service for drivers of passenger-carrying CMVs.
The listening session is open to the public. Speakers' remarks will be limited to 5 minutes each. The public may submit material to the FMCSA staff at the session for inclusion in the public docket, FMCSA-2011-0373.
The Agency seeks data and answers relating to the following issues and questions. The comments sought below may be submitted in written form at the session and summarized verbally, if desired.
FMCSA will webcast the listening session on the Internet. Specific information on how to participate via the Internet and the telephone access number will be on the FMCSA Web site at
FMCSA will docket the transcripts of the webcast and a separate transcription of the listening session that will be prepared by an official court reporter.