FMCSA Rolls Out Online Tool to Help Truckers Navigate New Hours of Service Changes

Washington D.C. – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) new hours of service (HOS) rule is now in effect and the Agency is rolling out a new online tool to help truckers and motor carriers navigate the ins and outs.

In May of this year, after months and months of rulemaking, the FMCSA unveiled its long-awaited changes to HOS.


The new changes include: increasing flexibility in the 30-minute break rule, modifying 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, modifying the adverse driving conditions exception by extending by two hours the maximum window during which driving is permitted, and changing 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 changes went into effect as of Tuesday, September 29.

In an effort to help truckers and motor carriers better understand the new HOS regulations, the Agency has launched what it is calling the Educational Tool for Hours of Service (ETHOS).


When drivers and carriers enter their duty statuses into ETHOS, the Agency says the web-based tool will identify where potential violations of the following rules may have occurred:

• 11-hour driving limit (property) or 10-hour driving limit (passenger)
• 14-hour driving window (property) or 15-hour on-duty limit (passenger)
• 30-minute break (property)
• Sleeper berth provision

However, it is important to note, the 60/70-hour limit regulations are not covered by ETHOS.

Click HERE to check ETHOS out for yourself.



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