The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is slowly ending the nationwide hours of service that have been in place for more than two years, a move supported by both major trucking companies and trucking safety advocates.

The exemption, first issued by FMCSA in March 2020 following a national emergency declared by President Trump in response to COVID-19, has been extended and/or modified more than ten times. It gave drivers and truckers more flexibility to transport cargoes of livestock, medical supplies, vaccines, commodities and diesel fuel by exempting them from working hours.

But the last extension, which was issued in September and expired on Saturday, has not been renewed.

“We reviewed the data coming back to the user, and reviewed the feedback we received [on the new expansion],” FMCSA Administrator Robin Hutcheson told FreightWaves on Monday. “We also looked at where we are with COVID and the recommendations that came out of it. Everything is behind the decision to let it expire.”

The change contradicts a decision by the US Department of Health and Human Services on Friday, which renewed its determination that a public health emergency remains.

But for FMCSA, Hutcheson said, “the tools we have [to provide regulatory relief] are limited to the authorities that we have, and based on the feedback we received we feel like we made the right call.”

FMCSSA said that extension extension and some car flows under the ones will come down. In addition, Americans usually carry the laces of the pump of the pump of the pumper car – these groups are often affected by the questions arising the questions the company.

“While the ATA appreciates the assistance from the emergency declaration during the early stages of this outbreak, the majority of ATA members do not believe that continued assistance is necessary,” the association said in response to FMCSA’s request for comment. talk about new extensions. “ATA members continue to express concern that administrative assistance may be used to continue to exceed hours of service standards or promote violations of the law.”

In asking the FMCSA to deny another extension, the Truck Safety Association pointed to a 13% increase in truck accidents between 2020 and 2021. “The face of administrative assistance, especially the continued increase in deaths in truck crashes,” the group said

Livestock and animal feed haulers, on the other hand, which have remained exempted from the hour of service rules throughout the national emergency, were some of the biggest supporters of continuing the exemption.

“Agricultural shippers have been experiencing significant rail service challenges and emergency truck freight has been indispensable to helping meet demand,” Michael Seyfert, president and CEO of the National Grain and Feed Association, told FMCSA.

“Even though truck transportation capacity is tight, agricultural shippers have been forced to find extra truck freight to help fill the void where rail is unavailable or unreliable. While the trucking industry is doing what it can to help with the rail service challenges, there is a limited amount of trucking capacity,” Seyfert added.

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