Feedback Needed on FMCSA’s Revisions to HOS

- Members are encouraged to submit comments to SC&RA as it prepares a response to FMCSA’s revisions to existing Hours of Service rules. SC&RA is requesting members’ comments and anecdotal data, particularly related to split sleeper berth.

SC&RA will be submitting comments on FMCSA’s proposal to key revisions to existing HOS rules, as listed below:
  • Increase safety and flexibility for the 30-minute break rule by tying the break requirement to eight hours of driving time without an interruption of at least 30 minutes and allowing the break to be satisfied by a driver using on-duty, not driving status, rather than off-duty status.
  • Modify the sleeper berth exception to allow drivers to split their required 10 hours off-duty into two periods: One period of at least seven consecutive hours in the sleeper berth and the other period of not less than two consecutive hours, either off-duty or in the sleeper berth. Neither period would count against the driver’s 14-hour driving window.
  • Allow one off-duty break of at least 30 minutes, but not more than three hours, that would pause a truck driver’s 14-hour driving window, provided the driver takes 10 consecutive hours off-duty at the end of the work shift.
  • Modify the adverse driving conditions exception by extending by two hours the maximum window during which driving is permitted.
  • Change the short haul exception available to certain commercial drivers by lengthening the drivers’ maximum on-duty period from 12 to 14 hours and extending the distance limit within which the driver may operate from 100 air miles to 150 air miles.
Members can send their comments and/or data by October 18 to Fred Marcinak, who is assisting Steven Todd. For more information, contact Todd.

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