Hours of Service Truck Drivers Final Rule

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) final rule(s) on hours of service key revisions to the existing HOS rules:

  1. Increasing safety and flexibility for the 30-minute break rule by requiring a break after eight 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.
  2. Modifying 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.
  3. Modifying the adverse driving conditions exception by extending by two hours the maximum window during which driving is permitted.
  4. Changing 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.