The FMCSA has issued a regulatory proposal that would revise the hours-of-service (HOS) requirements for commercial truck drivers. Among the proposal, changes would include:
- Would retain the “34-hour restart” provision.
- The restart period would have to include two consecutive off-duty periods from midnight to 6:00 a.m. Drivers would be allowed to use this restart only once during a seven-day period.
- Would require commercial truck drivers to complete all driving within a 14-hour workday.
- Complete all on-duty work-related activities within 13 hours to allow for at least a one hour break.
- Leaves open for comment whether drivers should be limited to 10 or 11 hours of daily driving time. The FMCSA currently favors a 10-hour limit.
- Includes the option of extending a driver’s daily shift to 16 hours twice a week to accommodate for issues such as loading and unloading and allowing drivers to count some time spent parked toward off-duty hours.
Drivers who violate this proposed rule would face civil penalties of up to $2,750 for each offense, while companies that allow their drivers to violate the proposed limits would face penalties of up to $11,000 for each offense. You can read a copy of the rule making proposal.
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