New regulations provide greater flexibility for drivers
On June 1, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will publish its revised hours of service (HOS) regulations “to provide greater flexibility for drivers subject to those rules without adversely affecting safety.”
The updated rules will: expand the short-haul exception to 150 air-miles and allow a 14-hour work shift to take place as part of the exception; expand the driving window during adverse driving conditions by up to an additional two hours; require a 30-minute break after eight hours of driving time (instead of on-duty time) and allow an on-duty/not driving period to qualify as the required break; and modify the sleeper berth exception.
The rule will go into effect 120 days after the date of publication. More information can be found here.