The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing changes to its hours-of-service requirements for truckers. The plan would expand the current 100-mile short-haul exemption from 12 hours on-duty to 14 hours. It also extends the current 14-hour on-duty limitation by up to two hours if the trucker is dealing with difficult driving conditions. The agency said it has received widespread concern about ELD and hours-of-service requirements, especially from agriculture. South Dakota Senator John Thune, who chairs the Senate Transportation Committee, said this proposal brings some “common sense into the hours-of-service rules for truck drivers.”
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