30 Minute Break Requirment for Short Haul Drivers

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has recently announced that the FMCSA has published Regulatory Guidance on the 30-minute rest break requirement for drivers who become ineligible for the “Short-Haul” exception during the duty day:

“This regulatory guidance addresses application of the 30-minute break rule to interstate drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) who begin their duty days as ‘‘short haul’’ drivers exempt from the break rule, but who occasionally exceed the short haul distance or time limits. Such drivers are then subject to the break requirement and must prepare a record-of-duty- status (RODS) for the day. The intent of the break rule would be satisfied if drivers in these situations take a break at the earliest safe opportunity after exceeding the short haul limits and explain in a RODS annotation why the rest break was not taken within the required 8 hours of the last off-duty break of at least 30 minutes.”

The effective date for this guidance issued by the FMCSA is December 19, 2013.

This information has been provided by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance .