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FMCSA Unveils Proposed Changes to Hours-of-Service Rules

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Aug. 14 issued a long-awaited proposal to make changes to its hours-of-service rules that would increase truck drivers’ flexibility with their 30-minute rest break and with allocating time in a sleeper berth.
The proposal also would extend by two hours duty time for drivers encountering adverse weather and expand the current 100 air-mile “shorthaul” exemption from 12 hours on-duty to 14 hours on-duty, consistent with workday rules for longhaul truck drivers.
The agency will accept comments on the proposal for 45 days after it is published in the Federal Register, scheduled for Aug. 20.
In the proposal, FMCSA offers five key revisions to existing HOS rules:
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