In the January 4th edition of the Federal Register, FMCSA published a Notice announcing three “public listening sessions” on their potential revisions to the HOS rules.  These listening sessions will be held on Jan. 19 in Arlington, VA, Jan. 22 in Dallas (held at the Hyatt Regency DFW,

International Parkway, P.O. Box 619014, DFW Airport, Texas, USA 75261 (1-972-453-

1234)., and Jan. 25 in Los Angeles.

FMCSA raises several questions in the Notice regarding rest and on-duty time, the restart of the 60- and 70-hour rule, sleeper berth use, and loading and unloading time.  Although the questions are posed by FMCSA as discussion items for the listening sessions, the questions themselves suggest possible alternatives to the current HOS rules being considered by the Agency.

In addition to the listening sessions, comments may be submitted using the following methods:

Federal eRulemaking Portal:

Go to and follow the online instructions for submitting comments. (Public docket, FMCSA-2004-19608)


Docket Management Facility

U.S. Department of Transportation

1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE.

West Building Ground Floor

Room W12-140

Washington, DC 20590-0001



Each submission must include the agency name and docket number:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Docket number – FMCSA 2004-19608