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The Electronic Log Device (ELD) helps enforce the Hours of Service (HOS) regulations. One current HOS regulation is that a driver must take a 10 hour break after being on duty for 14 hours. Another mandatory regulation is that a driver must take a 30 minute break after 8 hours of driving. Are these regulations keeping drivers safer on the road?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is listening to drivers about the HOS regulations and is seeking input on the proposed changes:

  • Expanding the current 100 air-mile “short-haul” exemption to 14 hours on duty from 12 hours on duty, to be consistent with rules for long-haul truck drivers.
  • Extending the current 14-hour on-duty limitation by up to two hours when a truck driver encounters adverse driving conditions.
  • Revising the current mandatory 30-minute break for truck drivers after eight hours of continuous driving.
  • Reinstating the option for splitting up the required 10-hour off-duty rest break for drivers operating trucks equipped with sleeper berth compartments.

If you would like to share your input on the proposed changes the deadline is September 24, 2018.