What drivers need to know about new HOS rules?

What drivers need to know about new HOS rules? Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is updating the rules for commercial drivers. In this, they updating the work hours for commercial drivers and how long-haul, short-haul are required to take brakes to travel in a day.

according to Joseph DeLorenzo, the acting associate administrator for enforcement at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. From the effect of Sep 29th, these new rules were creating more flexibility for drivers to travel safely in high ways.

During a presentation at the virtual Trimble in. sight user conference on Aug. 26, DeLorenzo said we have heard and done a lot of discussion with industry to make the major changes. We cover majorly these four things short-haul exception, adverse driving conditions, 30-minute break, and the sleeper berth provision.

The Major Four FMCSA updates to HOS rules:

  • For the short-haul they extended up to 100 to 150 air-miles and work shift from 12 to 14 hours;
  • During adverse driving conditions the work hours extend by up to two more hours;
  • After eight hours of driving time (On-duty time ), he allowed for 30 mints break time.
  • During the 14 hours driving window drivers to need a 10-hour minimum off-duty requirement by spending at least seven hours — rather than at least eight hours.
  • Regarding the time record, the motor carrier still has to record the driver’s time in, time out, and total hours per day and how many hours in a week.
  • Drivers must complete a regular log — if it only happens eight or fewer days within the last 30 days.
  • At the time of starting their day, check the traffic, everything looks good, it was help full to drivers from unnecessary accidents and traffic jams
  • Drivers need to update the driving conditions on high ways during the closedown bridges
  • 30-minute break requirement

As per the current rule, the carrying drivers must take 30 mints to break, but the new rules change the requirements. The 30 mints break time allows after completion of 8 hours. But that break time will be able to be satisfied during the on-duty, non-driving time.

while a driver in off-duty or in the sleeper berth the current rule required 30 mints break. Now it allows any duty status other than drive time, so off-duty sleeper berth, on duty but not driving, or some combination thereof.

The 30 mints break time includes when they stop to refuel and get some food, waiting at a shipper.

The HOS changes rules coming on Sept. 29, probably new rules were most complicated, for sleeper berth provision drivers need to split the required 10 hours off as long as one of those periods is at least two hours, the other one is at least seven hours.

The longer off-duty period must be at least seven consecutive hours in the sleeper berth. those periods count against your 14-hour clock,”

The FMCSA official offered up a basic example of how the new sleeper-berth provision will work with a driver using a 7/3 split. Assuming the driver starts Day 1 after a 10-hour off-duty period at midnight. The driver is on-duty for an hour before driving from 1 to 7 a.m., which is six hours of drive time (out of seven on-duty hours). The driver then takes three hours of off-duty time from 7 to 10 a.m., which covers the two-hour minimum off duty time. The driver logs back on-duty for two hours, from 10 a.m. to noon, before driving five hours from noon to 5 p.m. At that hour, the driver then spends seven hours (from 5 p.m. to midnight) in the sleeper.

The calculation period really starts at midnight look on the left and the right of that three-hour period: On the left, we have six hours of driving, and on the right, we have five, so we total 11. So that’s great. Therefore, we definitely are in compliance, everything is looking good and then we can move forward.

DeLorenzo adds drivers would need to take a 30-minute break because the off-duty and on-duty-non-driving periods satisfy that 30-minute break requirement.

According to an FMCSA Federal Register filing in June. These changes to the HOS rules do not affect the weekly limitations under the 60/70-hour rule.

That framework also prohibits drivers from driving after accumulating either 60 or 70 hours of on-duty time in 7 or 8 days respectively but permits them to restart their 60- or 70-hour “clock” by taking at least 34 consecutive hours off duty.

DeLorenzo said that The HOS rules officially take effect on Sept. 29 at 12:01 a.m. EDT, which means they will go into effect at 9:01 p.m. PDT on Sept. 28. The FMCSA also offers an explainer on its website.

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