New Hours of Service Rules

on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 in Company News

New Hours of Service rules took effect on July 1st. We're now two weeks into the new HOS rules and we don’t seem to be having any difficulties. With all but a few of our trucks on E-logs now everything is flowing smoothly with the help of our efficient log staff. With that said, we still just want to remind all drivers of what changes have occurred and give an overview of them below.

Here is a summary of the new HOS rules, excerpted from the FMCSA's publication, "Interstate Truck Driver's Guide to Hours of Service."

11-Hour Driving Limit within a 14-Hour Time Window, with a 30-Minute Break After 8 Hours
• Drivers are allowed to drive 11 hours within a period of 14 consecutive hours.
• After 11 hours of driving, the driver must be off-duty for 10 consecutive hours before driving again.
• During the 11-hour on-duty period, the driver must take a 30-minute break within eight hours from the last off-duty period.

60/70-Hour "Weekly" On-Duty Limit, with 34-Hour Restart
• Total on-duty time is limited to 60 hours in each 7-day period or 70 hours in 8 days.
• The new 7-day or 8-day period can begin after the driver has 34 consecutive off-duty hours.
• NEW! The restart period must include at least two off-duty periods between 1:00 AM and 5:00 AM. This change mostly affects drivers who regularly drive more than five nights per week.

Defining "Egregious" Violations and Making Exceptions
• Driving for more than three hours beyond the mandated limit is considered an "egregious" violation, and the driver is liable for civil penalties.
• An extra two hours of driving time is permitted under "adverse conditions," such as bad weather or road closures due to accidents. Predictable traffic delays don't warrant extra time.

Drivers can direct any questions about these new rules to their respective logs associate or safety manager. Drive safe.