Four updates to hours-of-service (HOS) rules for commercial drivers took effect at the end of September, changing how drivers are required to take breaks and extending the distance short-haul drivers can travel in a day.
In summary, the four main FMCSA updates to HOS rules are:
- Expands the short-haul exception from 100 to 150 air-miles and extends permitted work shift from 12 to 14 hours;
- Expands the driving window during adverse driving conditions by up to two more hours;
- 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;
- Modifies the sleeper berth exception.
Read the entire Safety Bulletin for additional details.
DOT Hours of Service Update Webinar
Friday, October 30, 2020