Yesterday at 12:01 AM Sept 29, the new HOS regulations took affect. Here are a few of the changes in effect:
Short haul exception
The new regulations extend the maximum duty period allowed for the short haul exception from 12 hours to 14hours and the radius from 100 air miles to 150 air miles
30 min within 8 hours driving
Per the 2013 regulations, drivers had to take a 30 minute break within the first eight hours of driving in either off-duty or sleeper birth. This means drivers could not doing anything work related like fueling or truck or trailer maintenance. The new regulations say the 30 minute break can be taken in off duty, sleeper berth, or on duty not driving status.
10 hour off duty period
Sleeper berth requirements for the 10 hour off duty now allows a it to be broken into seven and three hour increments as well as the eight and two hour increment already in place. It also adds that neither period counts against the 14 hour maximum driving window.
Adverse driving Conditions
This new regulation allows a driver to extend the maximum driving window by up to two hours during adverse driving conditions.
For a broader scope of the new regulations and requirements, view the entire rule here.