FMCSA hears comments on Motorcoach Hours-of-Service rules

Hear the “Motorcoach Hours-of-Service Listening Session” from October 30, 2012 by clicking HERE.
This is an important topic to APITLA because the safety of America’s roads depends on the drivers of semi trucks and motorcoaches being well-rested and alert.

Below is the agenda and goals of the session.

FMCSA is holding a public listening session in Santa Barbara, CA to solicit concepts, ideas, and information on hours-of-service (HOS) requirements for motorcoach drivers.AGENDA (pacific daylight time)

1:15 – 1:20 p.m.

  • Opening statement by Larry Minor, FMCSA Associate Administrator for Policy
  • Purpose of listening session
  • Introduction of FMCSA representatives

1:20 – 1:25 p.m.

  • Introduction by Maura Fitzpatrick, Facilitator
  • Discussion of ground rules and administrative details

1:25 – 3:15 p.m.

  • Pre-scheduled comments by attendees
  • Comments by registrants (facilitator will seek audience participation)
  • Comments from Webcast audience presented by facilitator

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.

  • Break

3:30 – 5:20 p.m.
Continuation of Public Comments on Guidance and Exceptions

  • Pre-scheduled comments by attendees
  • Comments by registrants (facilitator will seek audience participation)
  • Comments from Webcast audience presented by facilitator
    NOTE: This commenting session will conclude early if the audience has no more comments to share.

5:20 – 5:30 p.m.

  • Closing remarks by Larry Minor, FMCSA Associate Administrator for Policy

The Agency seeks data and answers relating to the following issues and questions as it considers development of a rulemaking on these requirements:

  1. Driving Time – Information or data that examine fatigue and safety differences associated with different driving time periods.
  2. Duty Time/Driving Window – Information on patterns of work for motorcoach drivers.
  3. Time-On-Task (TOT) Function – Information on methods for evaluating fatigue associated with motorcoach operators’ actual driving time, including suggestions for estimating TOT effects, especially where it might obtain data on exposure and other motorcoach driver characteristics that would enable the Agency to estimate how or whether crash risk varies over successive hours of daily driving.
  4. Cumulative Fatigue – Information on the effects of cumulative fatigue during the work week, particularly scientific studies or data that would allow evaluation of cumulative fatigue and its impact on workplace safety, motorcoach driver safety performance, and productivity.

Source: FMCSA News

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