ACPA was among 10 transportation construction associations that met Tuesday (July 31) to discuss the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) drivers’ Hours of Service (HOS) regulations.

The objective was to discuss ongoing efforts within the construction industry to address the regulations and to determine next steps and other future actions. 

The group discussed the Honest Operators Undertake Road Safety Act, or HOURS Act (HR6178), a bill sponsored by Rep. Eric A. “Rick” Crawford* (R-AR-01). The group plans to meet with the Congressman’s office to assess the full intent of the bill and to understand the extent to which it offers HOS regulatory relief for the construction industry.  

“The common denominator among our construction industry allies is we are all looking for relief and flexibility related to HOS regulations,” according to Leif Wathne.  

Wathne shared ACPA’s efforts, which included an ACPA Board-approved plan to develop and submit a petition for exemption from the 30-minute break requirement and 12-hour limit on short haul exceptions. The petition was submitted to the FMCSA on June 12, and ACPA expects to see a formal response sometime in late December.

Further discussions will focus on whether to support the HOURS Act, as well as whether a broader construction industry exemption needs to be pursued.

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* Rep. Crawford serves as Subcommittee Chairman on House Agriculture Committee’s General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, as well as the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee where he is a member of the subcommittees on Highway and Transit, Water Resources and Environment, and Economic Development.