Four major updates are coming to the hours-of-service rules for commercial drivers across the country. The changes, enforced by the FMCSA, will take effect on September 29.
Towards the end of this month, at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, the new hours-of-service rules go into effect for commercial drivers across the country. The revised rules allow more flexibility for drivers and keep the focus on highway safety, according to the Acting Associate Administrator for Enforcement at the FMCSA.
Here are the four final FMCSA updates to the HOS rules:
- The short-haul exception is increased from 100 to 150 air-miles and the permitted works shift is extended from 12 to 14 hours
- The adverse driving conditions exception is modified by extending the maximum window during which driving is permitted by up to two more hours.
- A 30-minute break is required after 8 hours of consecutive driving time and an on-duty/ not driving period is allowed to qualify as the required break
- The sleeper berth exception is modified to allow a driver to meet the 10-hour minimum off-duty requirement by spending at least 7, rather than at least 8 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.