The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has rolled out new Hours of Service (HOS) rules, effective September 29, 2020. These new changes will allow for greater flexibility for drivers without affecting safety measures. HOS refers to the amount of time drivers are allowed to drive by regulating hours and resting periods to enhance safety while on the road by preventing driver fatigue. In addition, HOS rules implement specific regulations on rest breaks, consecutive hours driving, off-duty time, meals, and sleeping.
Motor carriers are required to comply with the new HOS rule changes and are outlined by the FMCSA. Here’s what’s changing:
1. Short-Haul Exception
Expands the short-haul exception to 150 air-miles and allows a 14-hour work shift to take place as part of the exception
2. Adverse Driving Conditions Exception
Expands the driving window during adverse driving conditions by up to an additional 2 hours.
3. 30-Minute Break Requirement
Requires break of at least 30 consecutive minutes after 8 cumulative hours of driving time (instead of on-duty time) and allows an on-duty/not driving period to qualify as the required break.
4. Sleeper Birth Provision
Modifies the sleeper berth exception to allow a driver to meet the 10-hour minimum off-duty requirement by spending at least 7 hours of that period in the berth combined with a minimum off-duty period of at least 2 hours spent inside or outside the berth, provided the two periods total at least 10 hours. When used together as specified, neither qualify period counts against the 14-hour driving window.
The majority of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers are required to comply with the new HOS rule changes if they fit any of the following descriptions as outlined by the FMCSA:
DISA’s industry experts can assist you with remaining compliant and well-informed of any changes or updates in the transportation industry. Our professionals offer assistance with all DOT agencies, including FAA, FRA, FTA, FMCSA, PHMSA, and USCG. Whether your company utilizes an Electronic Logging Device (ELD) or traditional paper logging, DISA’s Transportation Compliance (DTC) offers log auditing services to help reduce your risk of fines, OOS orders, HOS driver violations, and high CSA scores. Our staff of professionals can help assist you with the following value-added features:
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