The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has officially amended its hours-of-service rule change, striking the 30-minute rest requirement for shorthaul drivers.
The change mirrors the result of a court opinion passed down on Aug. 2, which said drivers who operate within a 150-mile radius of their reporting location do not have to abide by the rest requirement. The FMCSA has also applied the rule change to CDL drivers who operate within a 100-mile radius of their reporting location. The court ruling was to go into effect 52 days after the decision, but the FMCSA decided to implement the change immediately. The agency will be issuing a rule making clarifying the new break provision.
The American Trucking Associations welcomes the clarification as to what drivers are exempt from the resting period.
“In its first step to implement the court’s recent Hours of Service ruling, Administrator Ferro and FMCSA have taken a reasonable enforcement approach concerning the rest break provision for both types of shorthaul drivers as the agency drafts a revised rule to comply with the court,” Bill Graves, ATA's president and chief executive officer, said. “We’re pleased that FMCSA is moving forward to provide swift, reasonable relief to drivers who operate locally.” - Jon Ross