On Friday, August 28th, FMCSA announced in their official Twitter account that it is seeking comments on a pilot program to allow additional hours of service relief by allowing participating CDL holders to pause their 14 hours on-duty cycle once with an off-duty period up to three hours.

“Truckers are American heroes – they keep our supply chain moving; they carry essential goods we need to maintain our daily lives.  The Department is seeking public comments on providing additional flexibility for truckers as they work to serve our country during this public health crisis,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

FMCSA looks into testing the program for three years. During the period, FMCSA would gather statistically reliable evidence to analyze the safety and feasibility of the program.

As for the first stage, the Agency wants to hear directly from the community about safety and feasibility of this modification to the existing HOS regulatory.

The comment period will be open for 60 days.  To review the proposed pilot program, please visit: the link