DOT's New Hours of Service Rule
FMCSA Releases Hours of Service Final Rule
The Department of Transportation on May 14th, 2020 issued new guidance for truck drivers, who have been a critical force keeping the U.S. economy moving throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Hours of service regulations govern how long commercial drivers can operate without resting – and the new guidelines are designed to provide increased flexibility “without adversely affecting safety,” the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said. Officials said they crafted the rules based on input from the industry.
The Final Rule features four key changes to existing Hours of Service requirements.
- The Agency will increase safety and flexibility for the 30-minute break rule by requiring a break after 8 hours of consecutive driving and allowing the break to be satisfied by a driver using on-duty, not driving status, rather than off-duty status.
- The Agency will modify the sleeper-berth exception to allow drivers to split their required 10 hours off duty into two periods: an 8/2 split, or a 7/3 split—with neither period counting against the driver’s 14‑hour driving window.
- The Agency will modify the adverse driving conditions exception by extending by two hours the maximum window during which driving is permitted.
- The Agency will change the short-haul exception available to certain commercial drivers by lengthening the drivers’ maximum on‑duty period from 12 to 14 hours and extending the distance limit within which the driver may operate from 100 air miles to 150 air miles.
To learn more about this new DOT regulation or if you have additional transportation-related questions or concerns, then be sure to reach out to a member of the A-Team today.
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