HOS flexibility provided under House bill

From Transport Topics.

Legislation that would provide hours-of-service flexibility for certain truckers as a way to promote highway safety and boost the economy was introduced June 21 by a bipartisan group of U.S. House lawmakers.

The Honest Operators Undertaking Road Safety, or HOURS, Act would exempt truckers hauling livestock or agricultural products from hours-of-service rules within 150 air-miles of their load’s source.

The exemption would apply regardless of harvesting season or state-designated planting.

The bill also would harmonize hours-of-service rules for shorthaul truck drivers with an exemption for those who operate within 150 air-miles of their reporting location, and also complete their workday in 14 hours.

Additionally, truckers would only be required to verify the start and end time of their daily on-duty period, and federal efforts to facilitate split sleeper berth flexibility would be expedited.

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