FMCSA revised HOS rules for motor carriers

FMCSA announced a modification to HOS rules. The Secretary of Transportation of the U.S. Department of Transportation mentioned that updates will increase safety and flexibility for truckers and other commercial drivers in the USA.

The compliance with new HOS regulations starts on September 29, 2020, not before.

HOS Final Rule:

1.Short-haul Exception

Expands the short-haul exception to 150 air-miles and allows a 14-hour work shift to take place as part of the exception.

2. Adverse Driving Conditions Exception

Expands the driving window during adverse driving conditions by up to an additional 2 hours.

3. 30-Minute Break Requirement

Requires a 30-minute break after 8 hours of driving time (instead of on-duty time) and allows an on-duty/not driving period to qualify as the required break.

4. Sleeper Berth Provision

Modifies the sleeper berth exception to allow a driver to meet the 10-hour minimum off-duty requirement by spending at least 7, rather than at least 8 hours of that period in the berth and a minimum off-duty period of at least 2 hours spent inside or outside the berth, provided the two periods total at least 10 hours, and that neither qualify period counts against the 14-hour driving window.

By Denis Kirston
13 / 07 / 2020
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