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23 Days Until New Hours of Service Regulations Take Effect on July 1, 2013

Here are the final Rule Changes that will be effective:

Limitations on minimum "34-hour restarts"
-Currently NO limitations

-New regulation:

1) Must include two periods between 1 a.m.- 5 a.m. home terminal time.
(2) May only be used once per week.

Rest breaks

-Currently None required except as limited by other rule provisions.

-New regulation:
May drive only if 8 hours or less have passed since end of driver's last off-duty period of at least 30 minutes.

[HM 397.5 mandatory "in attendance" time may be included in break if no other duties performed]
National Transportation Safety Board Suggests CDL Requirement for Trucks Less Than 26,001 Pounds

The federal National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on Tuesday suggested that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) evaluate requiring drivers of trucks weighing less than 26,001 pounds to hold Commercial Drivers Licenses (CDL). This major recommendation is one of many suggestions that came out of the NTSB's meeting on June 4, 2013, which was held to discuss a pending NTSB report on crashes involving single-unit trucks that resulted in injuries and deaths. Such a requirement would negatively impact the operators of millions of single-unit trucks including many small businesses and individuals needing to rent trucks for moving personal household goods. The NTSB says the government should consider making medium-duty straight truck drivers get a commercial driver's license, following a five-year study that found these trucks were involved in a disproportionate number of fatalities.

June 7th, 2013
Download HOS Reference Materials
Logbook Examples (PDF) Updated

FMCSA publishes HOS Guidance for Drivers and Transportation Managers

FMCSA has made available new guidelines on the upcoming changes in hours of service (HOS) requirements. The below links provide documents and a series of logbook examples are intended as an aid for drivers and transportation managers. 


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