Changes to hours of service rules are being implemented later this year allowing more flexibility for drivers. Below is a summary of the changes.
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|Provision||Old Rule||New Rule||What this means....|
|30-Minute Breaks (395.3(a)(3))||
A rest break is required when 8 hours have passed since the driver came on-duty. This rest break time must be off duty.
|A rest break is required when the driver accumulates 8 hours of driving time. Drivers may remain on-duty not driving for their breaks.||Drivers no longer need to stop all work activities for 30 minutes every 8 hours. They'll be able to load/unload, DVIRs, paperwork, and any other work activities while taking a break from driving.|
|100 Air-Mile exception (395.1(e)(1))||Drivers must be relieved from duty within 12 hours of coming on-duty for their day. Drivers must remain within a 100 air-mile radius.||Drivers must be relieved from duty within 14 hours of coming on-duty for their day. Drivers must remain within a 150 air-mile radius.||With the additional 2 hours and extended radius, more drivers may be eligible for the short-haul exception.|
|Split-Sleeper Provision (395.1(g)(1))||
Drivers must spend at least 8 hours in a sleeper berth, plus another break to reach 10 hours total. The shorter of the two breaks counts against the daily 14 hour limit.
|Drivers must spend at least 7 hours in sleeper berth, plus another break to reach 10 hours total. Neither rest period counts against the 14 hour limit.||Instead of doing a 8/2 split, drivers will be able to do a 7/3 split. Additionally, their on duty clocks will not be impacted during their shorter break. The 11 hour driving clock is not impacted.|
|Adverse Driving Conditions (395.1(b)(1))||Drivers may extend their driving limit, but not their on-duty limit, by 2 hours.||Drivers may extend both their driving and on-duty limits by 2 hours.||An additional cushion of on duty AND driving time to use the exception to endure any unexpected weather or traffic.|