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Spring 2011 | Vol. 13 | No. 1
New Hours-of-Service Rules Proposed for Commercial Truck Drivers
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently issued a notice of proposed rulemaking recommending changes to the hours-of-service (HOS) regulations for commercial truck drivers.
Proposed changes to the HOS requirements include the following:
- Daily Driving Windows: Daily driving would be limited to 10 or 11 hours. (The current limit is 11 hours.) Drivers would need to complete their daily driving within a 14- hour window, but the maximum “on-duty” hours within this window would be limited to 13 hours to allow for at least a one hour break.
- Limits on Restarts: Drivers would still be able to restart the clock on their weekly 60 or 70 hours by taking at least 34 consecutive hours off-duty, but these off-duty hours would need to include two consecutive periods from midnight to 6:00 a.m., and drivers could only use the restart once during any seven-day period.
- Definition of On-Duty Time: Drivers would be allowed to count some time spent parked in their truck toward off-duty hours.
Violations of the proposed rules would be up to $2,750 for commercial truck drivers and up to $11,000 for trucking companies that allow their drivers to violate the limits.
According to FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro, “This proposed rule provides another opportunity for the public to weigh in on a safety issue that impacts everyone on our roadways.” The public had until February 28, 2011 to submit comments.
The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and various supporting documents are available at www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/topics/hos.