New Hours of Service Rules Effective July 2013
HOS Final Rule
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We are approaching the FMCSA’s HOS Final Ruling effective date of July 1, 2013. It is important that CDL Drivers and Logistics companies are aware of these changes and how it will affect them. Below is a brief description on the new changes that will be required.
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.