New Truck Driver HOS Regulations To Take Effect
Truck drivers across the country will be required to follow the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA), new hours of service regulations. These regulations govern how many hours they can drive per week. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the new regulations will cut the trucker's maximum hours by 12 hours.
We are a company that owns a fleet of trucks. These new HOS regulations will have a significant impact on the lives of truckers. Let's take a moment to explain these regulations.
Truck drivers could work up to 82 hours per week/seven days under the Hours of Service (HOS). Truck drivers could work up to 82 hours per week/seven days. However, truck drivers had to take a 34-hour "restart" period before they could continue working. Truckers could take as many "restart" stops as they wanted under the old rule. The new HOS regulations allow truckers to only take one "restart” break per week. According to the DOT, driver fatigue is a major factor in large truck accidents each year. Therefore, these regulations were created in an effort to reduce that number.
The new HOS regulations require that the "restart" breaks include two periods between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. FMCSA research shows that truckers who rest during this period have the best driving performance. This rule is enforced by the FMCSA to ensure truck drivers get the best rest possible for high-performance driving.
Rest breaks are a hot topic when it comes to truckers and trucking. Truckers must follow guidelines regarding when and how long they should take breaks. These rest breaks were not covered by the old regulations. Truckers can no longer drive after being on the road for more than eight hours. They must take a 30-minute rest break. Drivers may not drive more than 11 hours consecutively. Drivers must stop driving after 11 hours driving or 14 hours on duty.
Truckers who fail to follow the rules can face fines. If a truck driver works more than the 14-hour rule allows, the company can be fined up $11,000, and the driver can be fined $2,000. Both the driver and the company are responsible for any violations of the rules. Truck drivers will not be the only ones who must adhere to HOS regulations. Companies also need to closely monitor their logs. Failure to comply with these regulations could result in reduced revenue or unnecessary payments.