July 1st is quickly approaching, and with it comes new Hours of Service rules. On that date, the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) will begin to enforce the remaining HOS regulations (selected regulations went into effect on February 27, 2012) for truck drivers.
The new guidelines apply only to commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce activity. Drivers and trucking companies that drive within just one state are not required to comply, as the state rule will apply.
According to the FMSCA, the changes that will go into effect on July 1st for property-carrying CMV drivers:
Driving limit: 11 hours
Drivers may drive a maximum of 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off.
14 hour limit
Drivers may not drive beyond the 14th consecutive hour after coming on duty, following 10 consecutive hours off duty.
A driver may drive only if eight hours or less have passed since the end of his/hers last off-duty or sleeper berth period of at least 30 minutes.
60/70 hour on duty limit
Drivers may not drive after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days. A driver can restart a 7/8 consecutive day period after taking 34 or more consecutive hours off duty. This must include two periods from 1am to 5am home terminal time, and can be used just once a week (168 hours), measured from the beginning of the previous restart.
Sleeper berth provisions
Drivers that use the sleeper berth provision are required to take at least eight consecutive hours in the sleeper berth, plus a separate two consecutive hours in either the sleeper berth, off duty, or a combination of the two.
For the full outline of the new Hours of Services rules and regulations, see the FMCSA publication, Interstate Truck Driver’s Guide to Hours of Service.
When FMCSA regulations change, it’s important to have the most up-to-date information and supplies on-hand. Be sure to pick up our spiral-bound Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) handbook and see our selection of driver log books.