FMCSA Expected To Publish Final Hours Of Service Rule June 1
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is expected to publish its final Hours Of Service regulation on June 1 in the Federal Register with an anticipated implementation date 120 days after publication– on or about September 29.
FMCSA announced the final rule and its provisions on May 14. According to the agency, the final rule–
— Expands the short-haul exception to 150 air-miles and allows a 14-hour work shift to take place as part of the exception;
— Expands the driving window during adverse driving conditions by up to an additional 2 hours; — Requires a 30-minute break after 8 hours of driving time (instead of on-duty time) and allows an on-duty/not driving period to qualify as the required break; and
— Modifies the sleeper berth exception to allow a driver to meet the 10-hour minimum off-duty requirement by spending at least 7, rather than at least 8 hours of that period in the berth and a minimum off-duty period of at least 2 hours spent inside or outside of the berth, provided the two periods total at least 10 hours, and that neither qualifying period counts against the 14-hour driving window.