FMCSA Proposes Changes to Hours of Service

Kevin Anderson Hours of Service, Regulations, Transportation

On December 29, 2010, the FMCSA published proposed changes to the hours of service regulations in the Federal Register.  A copy of the proposed rules are available at the FMCSA’s web site here.

The major hours of service changes proposed by the FMCSA include:

  1. Most likely reducing the current 11 hour driving limitation to 10 hours;
  2. Reduce the maximum daily working time by an hour to require drivers complete all on-duty work related activities within 13 hours with an additional hour allowed for off-duty or sleeper berth breaks during the 14-hour work window;
  3. Significantly change the current 34-hour restart to require 2 consecutive off-duty periods from midnight to 6:00 a.m. in addition to drivers only being allowed to use the 34-hour restart once within a 7-day period.

A summary of the proposed changes can be found here.  A comparison of the proposed changes and the current rules can be found here.

There will be a 60 day comment period for carriers and other interested parties to review and submit their comments and concerns to the FMCSA for consideration.  The American Trucking Association has put together a packet for carriers and drivers to make submitting comments as easy as possible.

The final rules are expected to be released by July 26, 2011, with an effective date several months later.