New Hours of Service Changes Take Effect September 29, 2020
August 19, 2020
As a reminder, on June 1, FMCSA published its changes to truck driver hours of service rules in the Federal Register. The new changes – outlined below – become effective SEPTEMBER 29, 2020.
- Extends drivers’ maximum on-duty period from 12 to 14 hours.
- Extends the air-mile radius within which CDL drivers may operate from 100 air miles to 150 air miles.
30-Minute Rest Break
- Requires a 30-minute break after 8 consecutive hours of driving time have elapsed.
- Allows a break to be taken in an on-duty, not-driving status.
Sleeper Berth Exception
- Allows drivers to split their required 10-hours off duty into two periods: an 8 and 2 split or a 7 and 3 split, either off duty or in the sleeper berth.
- Neither period counts against the driver’s 14-hour driving window.
Adverse Driving Conditions
- Modifies the adverse driving conditions exception by extending the maximum on-duty window during which driving is permitted by 2 hours.