On May 14th 2020, The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a final rule updating Hours of Service rules for commercial motor vehicle drivers. Once these changes have been approved, there will be a period of 120 days after which drivers will need to be compliant with these updated rules.
What changes have been made?
- The short-haul exception has been expanded to 150 air-miles and allows a 14-hour work shift to take place
- The driving window during adverse driving conditions has been expanded by up to 2 additional hours
- Requires a 30-minute break after 8 hours of driving time, instead of on-duty time
- Allows an on-duty/not driving period to qualify as the required break
- The sleeper berth rules will now allow drivers to split their required 10 hours off duty into two periods: an 8/2 split, or a 7/3 split