FMCSA Provides Final Rule on Hours of Service

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released their final ruling on hours of service (HOS) regulations today, May 14, 2020. For two years DOT regulated organizations have been awaiting the new rules, and they are slated to launch 120 days after the final rule is published.

4 New HOS Rules

· Short-haul exception expanded to 150 air-miles and allows a 14-hour work shift to take place as part of the exception. The old rule allowed the short haul exception for drivers working within a 100 air- mile radius.

· Expands the driving window as part of adverse driving conditions by 2 hours.

· Requires a 30-minute break period after 8 hours of consecutive driving. The old rule required a 30- minute break period after 8 hours of time on duty. This is a big win for the local drivers who are constantly racing the clock to finish the job or reach a destination before that 8-hour mark!

· Sleeper berth exception to allow a driver to meet the 10-hour minimum off duty time by doing 7/3 splits. The old rule allowed 10/0 or 8/2 splits, which will still be ok.