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Legal Challenge to Hours of Service Filed. Rules Still Slated to Take Effect September 29, 2020!

September 22, 2020

Less than two weeks before revised hours of service rules are set to take effect, a coalition of anti-trucking groups and the Teamsters union have filed a legal challenge in court.  On September 16, the groups filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit seeking to invalidate the rule. However, unless an emergency stay is granted, the rules are still slated to become effective SEPTEMBER 29, 2020.  A summary of the changes is below.


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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