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FMCSA Publishes Final Rule on Changes to Hours-Of-Service Regulations

Thursday, May 14, 2020  
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published the final rule on changes to the hours-of-service regulations. The decision to increase the air-mile radius to 150 miles is particularly important for agricultural products that are ineligible for the agricultural exemption to the hours-of-service rules, such as processed products like soybean meal, distillers grains and flour.

Here is a summary of the main changes:

  • Brings the short-haul on-duty period in line with the rest of the industry, while increasing the air-mile radius of short-haul trucking from 100 air miles to 150 air miles and expands allowable work shift from 12 hours to 14 hours, although total driving time is still restricted to 11 hours;
  • Allows drivers, under certain adverse driving conditions, to extend their driving window by up to two hours;
  • Changes the requirement drivers take a 30-minute rest period within the first eight hours of coming on duty, to after 8 consecutive hours of driving time have elapsed, and allows the break to be taken as on-duty, not driving; and
  • Makes modifications to the split sleeper berth provisions of the rule allowing greater flexibility for how a driver splits their sleeper berth time.

Click here to download the final rule.