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FMCSA’s Proposed HOS Changes

F Proposed HOS Changes


The Hours-of-Service rule was established to ensure the safety of those in the trucking industry. This rule restricts the number of consecutive hours a driver can be on the road at a given time and requires a break from driving during duty time. Changes to the HOS rules were originally planned to be published on June 7, 2019, but have now been pushed back until July 31, 2019 with a comment period to follow through September 16, 2019.

The Department of Transportation reports, “The introduction of electronic logging devices and their ability to accurately record hours-of-service (HOS) compliance for drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) have prompted numerous requests from Congress and the public for FMCSA to consider revising certain HOS provisions,” explained the DOT report. “To address these requests, FMCSA seeks public input and data that the Agency could use in a future proposal.”

Questions on the rise?

According to, in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published Aug. 23, 2018, four questions were asked publicly so it could better define what trucking industry stakeholders thought. More than 5,200 responses are being considered as the DOT prepares its proposals.

The questions were:

  • Should the agency expand the current 100 air-mile “shorthaul” exemption from 12 hours on duty to 14 hours on duty, to be consistent with the workday rules for longhaul truck drivers?
  • Is there adequate flexibility in the adverse driving exception that currently expands driving time by up to two hours?
  • If the 30-minute rest break after eight hours of driving did not exist, would drivers obtain adequate rest breaks throughout a daily driving period to relieve fatigue?
  • Do you have information that would support reinstating the option for splitting up the required 10-hour off-duty rest break for drivers operating trucks with sleeper-berth compartments?

Recap of HOS Rules

FMCSA HOS Regulations

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