HOURS & OURS

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced changes to the hours of service rules by which all drivers must abide. The new rules provide more flexibility for drivers while maintaining safety. The revisions are:

Sleeper Berth: Allows drivers to split their required 10 hours off into two periods (8/2 or 7/3).
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Short Haul: Extends drivers’ on-duty time from 12 hours to 14 hours and extends the allowed radius from 100 air miles to 150 air miles.

30 Minute Break: Requires a 30-minute break after eight consecutive hours of drive time and allows the break to be taken in an on-duty, non-driving status.

Adverse Conditions: Extends the on-duty time by two hours when driving in adverse conditions.

The rules will be effective the later part of September

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