The National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA) has submitted comments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) supporting the current federal hour-of-service rules.

The rules govern the number of hours a commercial motor vehicle operator can drive in a day. In particular, NSWMA praised the 34-hour restart provision, noting that it allows drivers “to collect garbage and recyclables when collection schedules are thrown off by holidays.”

“NSWMA is fully supportive of FMCSA’s efforts to reduce the impact of fatigue on CMV drivers,” said Chaz Miller, director of state programs for NSWMA. “However, because refuse and recycling routes are local, and FMCSA has acknowledged that local route drivers are much less likely to suffer from fatigue, it’s important that federal rules maintain the flexibility allowed by the 34-hour restart provision.”

NSWMA praised the 34-hour restart provision, saying it allows drivers “to collect garbage and recyclables when collection schedules are thrown off by holidays.”