DOT Proposes New Trucking Rule Changes

Courtesy of: Texas Cattle Feeders Association

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposed reform to Hours of Service (HOS) rules that will make changes in key areas. The agency is proposing the following changes:

  1. Change the short-haul exemption expansion to 150 air-miles and the expansion of duty hours from 12 to 14.
  2. Increase the 30-minute break rule by tying the break requirement to eight hours of driving time without an interruption for at least 30 minutes and allowing the break to be satisfied by a driver using on-duty/not driving status rather than off-duty status.
  3. Modify the sleeper berth exception to allow drivers to split their required 10 hours off duty into two periods: one period of at least seven consecutive hours in the sleeper berth, and the other period of no less than two consecutive hours either off duty or in the sleeper berth. Neither period would count against the driver’s 14-hour driving window.
  4. Allow one off-duty break of at least 30 minutes, but not exceeding three hours, that would pause a truck driver’s 14-hour driving window, provided that the driver takes 10 consecutive hours off duty at the end of the work shift.

TCFA will reiterate its support for proposed the changes, which TCFA requested in comments filed with the FMCSA when it published an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking to HOS rules last year. For questions, contact Josh Winegarner at

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