Thursday, September 24, 2020

By JHMT StaffJune 1, 2020

Today, the US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published in the Federal Register a final rule titled Hours of Service of Drivers (Docket No. FMCSA-2018-0248). According to the notice, The final 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) and 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 further requires 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 is effective September 29, 2020. Petitions for Reconsideration of this final rule must be submitted to the FMCSA Administrator no later than July 1, 2020. Public comments can be submitted online via until July 1, 2020.

View the final rule in the Federal Register.

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