Hours of Service Changes: July 1, 2013

The American Trucking Association (ATA) has announced earlier this week that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has denied ATA’s request to postpone the July 1, 2013 compliance date for the hours of service changes.

Effective July 1, 2013: all drivers and motor carriers must be in compliance with two new rules that may have an impact on those drivers operating on daily basis. The “34-hour restart” rule is likely to have the biggest impact  as drivers will now only be able to utilize the restart once every 168 hours (once a week). In addition, the restart must include two periods between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. FMCSA stated that the decision behind the “1 a.m.-5a.m” requirement was based on a history of high crash rates that occur between those hours.  The second rule prohibits drivers from driving more than 8 hours continuously without taking at least a 30 minute break. Meal breaks or any other off-duty time of at least 30 minutes will qualify as a break.

Carrier’s currently operating will have until July 1, 2013 at which point federal and state agencies will begin enforcing the rule.

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