What Are the Changes ?
The FMCSA reported an overhaul of the hours of service regulations that govern CMV driver’s schedules and intents to publish the rule this week in the Federal Register. The changes will take affect 120 days after its publication, which could be as early as the end of September. This applies to both short-haul and long-haul trucking. The following information helps explain how these changes may affect you and your drivers.
Short-Haul Operations – Drivers who meet the criteria required for the Short-haul Exemption which exempts drivers from completing a Record of Duty Status (Log), the following changes are expected:
- Drivers may now operate within a 150-air mile radius of their normal work reporting location – updated from 100 air miles.
- Drivers must now be released from work reporting location within 14 consecutive hours – updated from 12 consecutive hours.
Additional requirements needed to meet the Short-haul Exemption which are expected to remain the same:
- Property CMV drivers must have at least 10 consecutive hours off-duty between shifts.
- Property CMV drivers must not exceed 11 driving hours per shift.
- Passenger CMV drivers must have at least 8 consecutive hours off-duty between shifts.
- Passenger CMV drivers must not exceed 10 driving hours per shift.
- Motor Carriers must maintain and retain, for a period of 6 months (e.g. timecards):
- Reporting times;
- Total On-Duty Hours for each shift;
- Times released;
- Total On-Duty hours for preceding 7 days.
Long Haul Operations – The following changes are expected:
- Drivers operating on 14/11/10, may now also have a period of at least 30 consecutive minutes of on-duty not driving time to meet the requirement needed to reset the 8-hour rest-break clock – updating from 30 consecutive minutes off-duty time.
- Drivers taking advantage of the Split Sleeper Berth Rule are now allowed to split their 10-hour minimum off-duty requirement into two separate periods, an eight and two hour split or a seven and three hour split (seven consecutive hours in Sleeper Berth “SB” and the split-period must be at least three consecutive hours of off-duty or SB time), with neither of the extended SB periods counting against the driver’s 14-hour driving window – updating from only an eight and two hour split.
- Drivers claiming Adverse Driving Conditions may now include traffic congestion as an option, in addition drivers may extend their shift limit by 2 hours along with their driving limit (i.e. the 14/11/10 rule converts to 16/13/10) – updating from the exclusion of traffic congestion as an adverse driving condition.
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