Law & Order

Federal Government Proposes More Flexibility for Commercial Drivers’ Hours of Service

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a proposed rule to give truck drivers additional flexibility when calculating hours-of-service. 

Hours-of-service are tracked by electronic-logging devices to ensure that long-haul truckers don't drive for more than 11 hours a day, that they work a maximum of 14 hours a day and that they take a 30-minute break by their eighth hour of coming on duty. The FMCSA proposal would give truckers the option of using their 30-minute break when they are technically on-duty but not driving (i.e., waiting for a shipment at a warehouse).

Among several other changes, the maximum on-duty period for short-haul truckers would also be extended to 14 hours from 12 and the distance limit to 150 miles from 100. Click here for more information.   

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