The new hours of service rules were already causing confusion and anger in the industry before last week’s Congressional intervention. Since then, there has been a great deal of uncertainty as to which rules are in place and which have been taken down. Below is your definitive guide to the complete hours of service regulations:
11 Hours Driving Time. Property-carrying motor carriers can drive 11 hours during a day. Passenger carriers, can only drive 10 hours a day.
14 Hours On-Duty Time. You can be on duty (including driving, waiting, loading, inspections, etc.) for 14 hours during a day. Passenger carriers can stay on duty for 15 hours. On duty-time no longer includes any time resting in a parked CMV. In a moving, property-carrying CMV, on-duty time does not include up to 2 hours in passenger seat immediately before or after 8 consecutive hours in sleeper-berth. This provision also applies to passenger-carrying drivers.
10 Hours Off-Duty Time. You must take 10 hours off duty between each 14 hour on duty period. Passenger carriers only need to take 8 hours off duty.
60/70-Hour Limit. You may only work 60 hours in a 7 day period or 70 hours in an 8 day period. Once you reach that limit you need to take 34 consecutive hours off duty.
30 Minute Break. You must take a 30 minute break once you have been on duty for 8 hours. (Short haul drivers are exempt from this)
34 Hour Restart. You can reset your hours of service by taking 34 consecutive hours off duty.
Oilfield Exemption. “Waiting time” for certain drivers at oilfields must be shown on logbook or electronic equivalent as off duty and identified by annotations in “remarks” or a separate line added to “grid.”
Penalties. Driving (or allowing a driver to drive) 3 or more hours beyond the driving-time limit will be considered an egregious violation and subject to the maximum civil penalties. This provision also applies to passenger-carrying drivers.