SEMA eNews Vol. 23, No. 25, June 18, 2020

Federal Government Provides Flexibility on Trucker’s Hours of Service Rule

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a final rule that provides drivers with additional flexibility in complying with its hours-of-service regulations. Major changes to the rule include:

  • On-duty limits for short-haul operations will increase from 12 to 14 hours but maintain an 11-hour limit on driving time. The air-mile radius will increase from 100 to 150 air miles.
  • Under certain adverse driving conditions, drivers can extend their driving window by up to two hours.
  • Modifies the split sleeper berth provisions allowing greater flexibility for how a driver splits their sleeper berth time.
  • Modifies the 30-minute break provision to require the break after eight hours of consecutive driving time (instead of on-duty time) and allows an on-duty/not driving period to qualify as the required break.

The rule takes effect September 29.

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