New Hours of Service Rules Go Into Effect Today – September 29, 2020

The new Hours of Service Rules go into effect September 29, 2020.

What is Changing?

 1. Short-haul Exception

  • Expands the short-haul exception to 150 air-miles and allows a 14-hour work shift to take place as part of the exception.

2. Adverse Driving Conditions Exception

  • Expands the driving window during adverse driving conditions by up to an additional 2 hours.

3. 30-Minute Break Requirement

  • 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.

4. Sleeper Berth Provision

  • 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 the berth, provided the two periods total at least 10 hours, and that neither qualify period counts against the 14-hour driving window. 

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