New HOS Rules
Starting September 29th 12:00 the are going to be in play.
The rules will take effect at the same time without taking into consideration what time zone you are in - in other words they won't go into effect earlier for in other timezones. For example, a on the West Coast will start to operate under the new rules at 9 p.m. Sept 28
The new HOS are as follow:
- Short-Haul Exemption - Extends the maximum duty period allowed under the short-haul exception to 14 hours and to 150 air miles.
- Adverse Conditions - Allows a to extend the maximum " ' by up to 2 hours during adverse conditions.
- - Required a 30-minute break after 8 hours of time (instead of on-duty time) and allows on-duty / not periods to qualify as breaks.
- Split-Sleeper Berth - Modifies the sleeper -berth exception to allow drivers to split their off duty into two periods: an 8/2 split, and a 7/3 split-with neither period counting against the 's 14-hour .
You can read the HOS Fact Sheets issued by here.
But what kind of impact will those changes have:
The Short-Haul Exemption change will improve the safety and flexibility by increasing the number of drivers able to take advantage of the short-haul exception.
The change will Improve the safety and flexibility by allowing drivers time to park and wait out the adverse condition or to drive slowly through it - which has the potential to decrease crash risk.
The will improve the safety and flexibility for drivers by increasing on-duty / non- time by up to 30minutes - allowing drivers to reach their destination easier.
Split-Sleeper Berth will improve the safety and flexibility for drivers by potentially increasing the use of because drivers using a berth have additional hours to complete 11 hours of .
One of the proposed rules that did not make the final cut in the new HOS 's 14-hours on-duty windows, provided the takes off-duty at the end of the work shift. was - the drivers were allowed an off-duty break for at least 30 minutes, but no more than three hours, that would pause a However, recently proposed a pilot program to study the effects of allowing drivers to pause their on-duty period with one off-duty period up to three hours that hopefully will be included in the next HOS rules update.
Who Is Required to Follow HOS Rules
The says that ( ) drivers must follow the HOS rules. The agency lists a as a vehicle that is used as part of a business and in interstate commerce. It also includes any asset that fits the following criteria:
- Weighs more than 10,001 pounds.
- Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more.
- Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the commercial ) not for compensation.
- Is designed or used to transport nine or more passengers (including the commercial ) for compensation.
- Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards.
The provides HOS resources for drivers and fleets on its website, including webinars, FAQs, and fact sheets.