July 10, 2013 | The new trucking Hours of Service Final Rule went into effect this month. Are you implementing these changes with your drivers?
Here is a summary of the changes:
– The maximum average work week for truck drivers is 70 hours (this has decreased from 82 hours)
– Truck drivers who reach a maximum of 70 driving hours within a week are allowed to resume work if they rest for 34 consecutive hours (including at least two nights) when their body clocks demand sleep the most (1:00 AM – 5:00 AM)
– Truck drivers are required to take a 30-miute break during the first 8 hours of their shift
– Trucking companies and passenger carriers that allow drivers to exceed driving limits by 3 or more hours can be fined $11,000 per offense. (Drivers could face civil penalties of up to $2,750)
– The current 11-hour daily driving limit and 14-hour work day has been upheld