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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.

Short-Haul Operations

  • 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.

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