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FINAL HOURS OF SERVICE RULE RELEASED

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Today, Dec. 22, FMCSA posted its new HOS rule on its website along with other materials, including a Q&A document.  The good news is that FMCSA is retaining the 11 hour driving time limit. However, the agency imposed restrictions on the use of the 34 hour restart – to include two consecutive nighttime periods (1 – 5 a.m.), and restricted consecutive hours of driving by including a required rest break. FMCSA has provided a lengthy transition period until July 1, 2013 for most but not all of its changes. ATA has already prepared a one-page summary of the rule, along with a chart comparing the changes to the current rules. These documents can be found here, here and here.

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