FMCSA Launches Potential Reform of Truck-Driver Hours of Service Rule

Trucking safety agency is ‘considering revisions,’ including expanding the 100 air-mile “short-haul” exemption to 14 hours
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun a rulemaking that could reform four specific areas of current hours-of-service regulations, which limit the operating hours of commercial truck drivers.

The agency requests public comment to the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, also known as a “pre-rule,” on these four specific areas “under consideration for revision” by the agency:

  • Expanding the current 100 air-mile “short-haul” exemption from 12 hours on-duty to 14 hours on-duty, in order to be consistent with the rules for long-haul truck drivers
  • Extending the current 14-hour on-duty limitation by up to 2 hours when a truck driver encounters adverse driving conditions
  • Revising the current mandatory 30-minute break for truck drivers after 8 hours of continuous driving
  • Reinstating the option for splitting up the required 10-hour off-duty rest break for drivers operating trucks that are equipped with a sleeper-berth compartment

(more on hours­-of-service rule revisions . . . )