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FMCSA Considering Changes to Hours-of-Service (HOS) Regulations

Friday, September 7, 2018

On August 24th, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that they are reviewing specific areas within their hours-of-service (HOS) regulations, which limit the operating hours of commercial truck drivers.

When the FMCSA began enforcing the electronic logging device (ELD) rule earlier this year, many carriers and drivers found that it highlighted significant issues with hours-of-service regulations. In fact, the FMCSA has granted limited waivers to carriers with time-sensitive operations, such as livestock haulers and truck rental businesses.

According to the FMCSA website, there are four specific areas under consideration for revision:

  • Expanding the current 100 air-mile “short-haul” exemption from 12 hours on-duty to 14 hours on-duty, in order to be consistent with the rules for long-haul truck drivers;
  • Extending the current 14-hour on-duty limitation by up to two hours when a truck driver encounters adverse driving conditions;
  • Revising the current mandatory 30-minute break for truck drivers after 8-hours of continuous driving; and
  • Reinstating the option for splitting up the required 10-hour off-duty rest break for drivers operating trucks that are equipped with a sleeper-berth compartment.

For more information on potential changes or to submit a public comment, visit the FMCSA’s website.


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