The FMCSA issued their final ruling for the new hours of service rules which largely will take effect on July 1, 2013. There are some provisions, such as changes in the definitions of egregious violations and on-duty time, which will take effect on February 27, 2012.
The current 11 hour driving rule will remain in place, while a driver’s work week within a seven-day period will be limited to 70 hours. Furthermore, the driver will not be able to drive the CMV after working eight hours until a rest break of at least 30 minutes has been taken. Drivers will be able to take the 30 minute break anytime during the eight hour period.
The biggest change in the HOS rules will concern the 34 hour restart provision. Professional truck drivers who maximize their 70 hour work week will be required to take at least two rest periods between the hours of 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. home terminal time.
Furthermore, the final rule will allow drivers to use the 34 hour restart provision only once during a seven day period.
The new rule is currently available on the FMCSA’s website for the HOS Final Rule.