FMCSA: Long-awaited Final HOS Revisions Announced

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DaveW's Comment
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Two years after first announcing its proposal to revise hours of service regulations for drivers of commercial vehicles, and after receiving thousands of comments from drivers and members of the public, the Department of Transportation released last Thursday its final decision regarding new HOS rules.

FMCSA: Long-awaited final HOS revisions announced

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I hope these new rules benefit someone, to me they didn't go far enough.

I was hoping for more flexibility on the 30-minute break, I hate having to take one while being only 10 minutes from making it back to my terminal.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

PJ's Comment
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This should be a headache for the ELD providers. Peoplenet is still trying to get the bugs out of the last big change. We’ll just have to see how it goes. My guess is it will have some type of unintended consequences.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Yuuyo Y.'s Comment
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and allowing the break to be satisfied by a driver using on-duty, not driving status, rather than off-duty status.

I hope this means sysco will not automatically deduct 30 minutes from our pay every day if we decide not to go off duty for a DOT break (Which we never will have to again)

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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I guess the one rule that is so onerous will never get changed. The 14 hour rule is really what causes troubles. Unfortunately it's a matter of optics. Once it's eliminated you've got rampant misguided media coverage proclaiming the perilous effects of over worked and fatigued truck drivers on the road. They just can't understand how eliminating that limit would give us so much more flexibility to rest properly. Heck, I almost think it would have a positive effect on parking issues.

It's really a shame, but it's nothing new. The folks who make policy seldom understand the effects of their decisions. Nobody is going to understand how that rule plagues us. It sounds perfectly reasonable to someone who has never had to deal with the pressures we face on the road. I think it's just here to stay. It's odd how the rules seem to get more burdensome as they try to improve them. Twenty five years ago they were better than the current mess we've developed.

Rubber Duck's Comment
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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.”

someone tell me is I got his right please. In regards to the neither period counting against the 14

I drive 1 hour and take a 3 hour break in sleeper.

Then I drive 8 hours and then take a 30 minute break.

Then I drive 1.5 hours. I've done a 14 hour day and now take an 8 hour break in sleeper.

After my 8 hours in the sleeper will I get back 3 hours? Thank you

Viking's Comment
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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.”

someone tell me is I got his right please. In regards to the neither period counting against the 14

I drive 1 hour and take a 3 hour break in sleeper.

Then I drive 8 hours and then take a 30 minute break.

Then I drive 1.5 hours. I've done a 14 hour day and now take an 8 hour break in sleeper.

After my 8 hours in the sleeper will I get back 3 hours? Thank you

3 hrs? No.

If I'm reading your example correctly you would have

1hr drive time 4hrs on your 14 After 7 hrs in the sleeper.

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