On September 29, 2020 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) updated Hours of Service rules for commercial motor vehicle drivers.
What changes have been made?
The FMCSA has made changes in the following areas:
- The short-haul exception has been expanded to 150 air-miles and allows a 14-hour work shift to take place
- The permitted on-duty time during adverse driving conditions has been expanded by up to 2 additional hours
- A 30-minute break is required after 8 hours of driving time, instead of on-duty time, and drivers are allowed to use an on-duty (not driving) period to qualify as the required break
- The sleeper berth rules will now allow drivers to split their required 10 hours off duty into two periods: an 8/2 split, or a 7/3 split
What do you need to know?
On September 29, 2020 we released a new version of Hours of Service for WorkPlan (v3.32). The release contains the following changes:
- Renamed the 100 air-mile radius exemption to CDL short-haul exemption. The exemption now allows drivers to work a 14-hour work shift when staying within a 150 air-mile radius. For more information see Enabling the CDL short-haul exemption.
- Changed the rules around 30-minute breaks and split breaks when using the sleeper berth. For more information see HOS Violations and Breaks.
On December 10, 2020 we released a new version of Hours of Service for WorkPlan (v3.37.1). The release contains support for the adverse driving exemption.Full details of the announcement can be found on the FMCSA website www.fmcsa.dot.gov.
What actions do you need to take?
The Hours of Service mobile app is upgraded automatically. Make sure that your drivers log out of WorkPlan and back in again after September 29.
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