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Hours-Of-Service Changes Take Effect July 1st

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Source: ccjdigital.com/hours-of-service-changes-take-effect-july-1

The enforcement date for the hours-of-service changes made final in December 2011 is July 1, the date when carriers and drivers will begin being held accountable for complying with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s on-duty requirements.

The most notable change to the hours rules are that drivers are now limited to one 34-hour restart per week, and every restart must include two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods.

The rule has technically been effective since February of last year, but enforcement is scheduled to begin July 1. The American Trucking Associations is still fighting the rule in court, along with the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, but prospects of the rule being overturned are slim. Mike Card, ATA chairman, even said in May at the Great West Fleet Executive Conference that ATA’s lawyers have advised them they’ll probably lose the case.

The rule does include, however, changes to what constitues on-duty time so that, so that drivers can count any time resting in a parked truck as off-duty. The amount of hours a driver can work in a week has been reduced, though, from 82 to 70.

The new rules also include penalties for carriers who allow drivers to “egregiously” violate HOS rules, with “egregious” defined as allowing a driver to drive more than three hours beyond the limit.

CCJ sister site Overdrive has a full report on the hours changes. Click here to see it.

Also, FMCSA has some informational charts on its website regarding the changes — Click here to see them.

Source: ccjdigital.com/hours-of-service-changes-take-effect-july-1