Hours of Service FINAL RULE Revealed, Expected to Take Effect in September

Washington D.C. – The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) revealed its long-awaited changes to hours of service (HOS) regulations on Thursday.

In an announcement by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on Thursday morning, the Agency outlined four key changes to the existing HOS rules:

1) The Agency will increase flexibility for the 30-minute break rule by requiring a break after 8 hours of consecutive driving and allowing the break to be satisfied by a driver using on-duty, not driving status, rather than off-duty status.


2) The Agency will modify the sleeper-berth exception to allow drivers to split their required 10 hours off duty into two periods: an 8/2 split, or a 7/3 split—with neither period counting against the driver’s 14‑hour driving window.

3) The Agency will modify the adverse driving conditions exception by extending by two hours the maximum window during which driving is permitted.

4) The Agency will change the short-haul exception available to certain commercial drivers by lengthening the drivers’ maximum on‑duty period from 12 to 14 hours and extending the distance limit within which the driver may operate from 100 air miles to 150 air miles.


The FMCSA noted that the rule changes do not increase driving time and will continue to prevent CMV operators from driving for more than eight consecutive hours without at least a 30-minute break.

Click HERE to read the entire rule.

In addition, FMCSA says its new rule is estimated to provide nearly $274 million in annualized cost savings for the U.S. economy and American consumers.


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The new HOS rule is expected to be published into the Federal Register next week.

The implementation date will be 120 days from publication putting it at sometime in mid-September.

“The Department of Transportation and the Trump Administration listened directly to the concerns of truckers seeking rules that are safer and have more flexibility—and we have acted,” said FMCSA Acting Administrator Jim Mullen. “These updated hours of service rules are based on the thousands of comments we received from the American people. These reforms will improve safety on America’s roadways and strengthen the nation’s motor carrier industry. ”


USDOT Secretary Elaine Chao also made the announcement in a short video.

WATCH it below.



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Comment (3)

  1. 6/4 or most preferable 5/5 would have been the answer to the split. Although 7/3 helps a little it really isn’t enough.

    Use on duty for the break? Why on earth would I do that? That “change” is completely useless.

    So……..these changes are completely meaningless.


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