FMCSA updates its HoS Final Rule

May 15, 2020
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The FMCSA has published its new Hours-of-Service (HoS) Final Rule to increase safety by updating existing regulations for commercial motor vehicle drivers. The new rule, which has been updated based on public feedback, continues to prevent CMV drivers from driving for more than 8 consecutive hours without a break of at least 30 minutes. The effective date will be 120 days after the date of publication in the Federal Register, which is expected soon.

Four key revisions to existing HoS rules

Short-haul operations

Drivers’ maximum on-duty period is extended from 12 to 14 hours. And the air-mile radius within which the driver may operate is extended from 100 air miles to 150 air miles.

Adverse Driving Conditions

Modifies the adverse driving conditions exception by extending it by 2 hours, the maximum on-duty window during which driving is permitted.

30-Minute Break

Requires a 30-minute break after 8 consecutive hours of driving time have elapsed.

Sleeper Berth Exception

Drivers can split their required 10-hours off duty into two periods: an 8/2 split or a 7/3 split (7 or 8 hours in sleeper berth, and either 3 or 2 additional hours in sleeper or off-duty). Neither period counts against the driver’s 14-hour driving window.

Understanding the new rule

The 232-page final rule is now public, and details can be found on the FMCSA’s website. Read the FMCSA’s announcement, and access the complete HoS Final Rule. If you have questions about the final rule, the changes or how these updates affect your fleet, contact our dedicated Safety and Compliance team.

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