The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has requested an extension to submit comments about the obstructive sleep apnea advanced notice of proposed rule making, reports

OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer submitted a letter to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Scott Darling and the Federal Railroad Administration’s Sarah Feinberg on May 18 that requested a 60-day extension to file comments. The current deadline for comments is June 8.

Spencer said the American Transportation and Research Institute initiated a survey that will provide a comprehensive look at the impact of obstructive sleep apnea screening and treatment within the motor carrier community, which is beyond the information that any one carrier can provide.

The results of the survey are expected to be released this month.

“With this data in hand, OOIDA will be able to present a better analysis of the information requested by the advanced notice of proposed rulemaking,” Spencer wrote.

“Immediately upon release of the study, OOIDA staff will begin our evaluation of the data. We then require the opportunity to compile our findings and share those with our members, as well as time to elicit feedback from our members. OOIDA members consist of individuals who have very full schedules on a daily basis. To complete this process properly and provide useful feedback to the Agencies, we require sufficient time.”

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