New hours-of-service rules for truck drivers in effect

July 23, 2013 By    

New federal regulations designed to improve safety by reducing truck driver fatigue took full effect on July 1, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced. The rules were first announced in December 2011.

The rules limit the average workweek for truck drivers to 70 hours, a decrease from 82 hours. In addition, truck drivers who reach the maximum 70 hours of driving within a week can resume if they rest for 34 consecutive hours, including at least two nights when their body clock demands sleep the most – from 1-5 a.m., DOT says. Truck drivers also must take a 30-minute break during the first eight hours of a shift.

The final rule retains the current 11-hour daily driving limit and 14-hour workday.

More on the hours-of-service rule can be found here.

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