On June 1, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) formally published its revised hours of service (HOS) regulations which provides greater flexibility for drivers who are subject to those rules without adversely affecting their safety. Specifically, the rule:
- Expands the short-haul exception to 150 air-miles and allows a 14-hour work shift to take place as part of the exception
- Expands the driving window during adverse driving conditions by up to an additional 2 hours
- Requires a 30-minute break after 8 hours of driving time (instead of on-duty time)
- Allows an on-duty/not driving period to qualify as the required break
- 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 of the berth, provided the two periods total at least 10 hours, and that neither qualifying period counts against the 14-hour driving window.
The final rule takes effect on September 29, 2020. Any Petitions for Reconsideration for this final rule may be submitted to the FMCSA Administrator by July 1, 2020.You may view the final rule in its entirety by clicking here.