Effective July 1, 2013, the new Hours of Service (HOS) regulations will begin to impact the trucking industry. These regulations went into effect on February 27, 2012, but compliance enforcement begins now by the Federal Motor carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA). The new regulations will impact all commercial motor vehicle drivers and are aimed at keeping fatigued drivers off the road by regulating the time a driver spends driving. There are two new changes to HOS that will make the biggest impact to the number of hours on the road.
30-miunte short break
Currently, a driver can drive for 11 hours in any consecutive 14-hour span. After this, the driver must be off-duty for at least 10 hours before getting behind of the wheel of a truck again. The new regulations introduce a new short break provision that requires a driver to take a 30-minute break after eight hours of driving. This break can be taken at any point in the eight hours, but does count against the 14-hours of available daily drive time.
In addition to the current daily limits outlined above, there are changes to weekly driving limits effective July 1. Drivers are currently limited to 60 on-duty hours in a rolling 7 day span or 70 on-duty hours in a rolling 8 day span, depending on their company’s operations. The new 34-hour restart provisions will allow drivers to “restart” the weekly hour count on their 60 or 70 hour maximum if they take 34 consecutive hours off duty. These 34 hours must include at least two time periods from 1 am to 5 am and the restart can only be used once every seven days.
These regulations are aimed making the roads safer through having more rested drivers. With drivers off the road slightly longer, it could cause longer transit times on some shipments. However, most national LTL carriers already account for enough off-duty time for their drivers. With so much time to implement, most truckload carriers are already compliant as well. There may be some impact to loads that are exclusively carried overnight.
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