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What New Hours Of Service Regulations Mean For You

Jul 22, 2020 at 09:02 AM CST

FMCSA’s final rule on hours of service offers four revisions to the existing HOS rules, which are as follows: Flexibility has been added for the 30-minute break rule by requiring a break after 8 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. The sleeper-berth exception has been modified 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. The maximum window for the adverse driving conditions exception has been extended by two hours. The short-haul exception available to certain commercial drivers has been changed, 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.