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No deadline for hours of service changes in U.S.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- American truckers still don't know when new long-awaited hours of service rules will be impleme...

WASHINGTON, D.C. — American truckers still don’t know when new long-awaited hours of service rules will be implemented in their country.

The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is under mounting pressure to issue new hours of service rules. But the acting administrator of the FMCSA, Annette Sandberg says the agency doesn’t have a deadline for publicizing its reform of federal hours of service regulations.

That’s what she told transportation officials this week at the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board, according to media reports.

On Jan. 3, the Office of Management and Budget received a proposal to change existing 64-year-old HoS rules, but Sandberg says a review of the proposal could take up to three months. The review would include a cost-benefit analysis and a review of supporting data, Sandberg says.

The OMB must release the regulation back to the FMCSA, which could then implement new HoS rules 30 days after they are published in the Federal Register.

In Canada, changes to HoS endorsed by the federal Standing Committee on Transport and Government Operations last summer are currently being reviewed by the provinces.

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