New HOS Rules

New HOS Rules

On September 29th four revisions to the current Hours of Service (HOS) rules will take effect. The FMCSA has published changes to the current HOS regulations that would improve safety and increase much-needed flexibility for the truck drivers across America. In this post, we will introduce you to the four main revisions from the FMCSA’s Final Rule on HOS so you would take the full benefit from the flexibility for your drivers and operations from day one.

The main four changes include revisions of the following HOS rules:

  • 30-minute break
  • Split sleeper berth
  • Adverse driving condition
  • Short-haul logging

1. 30-minute break

Requires a 30-minute break after eight hours of driving time (instead of on-duty time) and allows an on-duty/not driving period to qualify as the required break.

2. Split sleeper berth

Modifies the sleeper berth exception to allow a driver to meet the 10-hour minimum off-duty requirement by spending at least seven hours — rather than at least eight 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.

3. Adverse driving condition exception

Expands the “driving window” during adverse driving conditions by up to two more hours. Now a driver in adverse driving conditions can extend not only driving period by 2 hours, but also an on-duty period from 14 to 16 hours. 

4. Short-haul logging exception

Expands the short-haul exception from 100 to 150 air-miles and extends permitted work shift from 12 to 14 hours.