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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officials have released details of a plan to educat...


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officials have released details of a plan to educate truck drivers about and to enforce the new U.S. HOS.

Starting with the HOS kick-off on Jan. 4,state and federal officials expect to spend the first 60 days waging an aggressive education campaign, which means soft enforcement of new elements of the regulation will apply.

However, FMCSA will continue to rigorously enforce all other sections of regulation 395 that have not changed.

The education and enforcement plans have been designed to ensure long-term compliance and understanding of the safety rule. FMCSA will ask states to write warnings instead of citations for all but flagrant violations.

State officials are also being encouraged to use every stop in the first 60 days as an opportunity to educate drivers about the new rules. In addition, federal inspectors will coordinate education and enforcement efforts from regional offices across the country.


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