FMCSA USA Hours of Service Changes

✅ HOS Changes Effective September 29, 2020

The US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has made changes to the Hours of Service regulations.

The changes go into effect on September 29, 2020 and include:

  1. ✅Short-haul Exception: Expands the short-haul exception to a 150 air-mile radius and allows a 14-hour work shift to take place as part of the exception.
  2. ✅Adverse Driving Conditions Exception: Expands the 14-hour window during adverse driving conditions by up to an additional two hours.
  3. ✅30-Minute Break Requirement: Changes the 30-minute break after 8 hours of driving time to allow an on-duty/not driving period to qualify as the required break.
  4. ✅Sleeper Berth Provision: Modifies the sleeper berth exception to allow a driver to meet the 10-hour minimum off-duty requirement by spending at least  seven, rather than at least eight hours in the berth, paired with an off-duty period of at least two hours spent inside or outside the berth, provided the two periods total at least 10 hours. Neither qualifying period counts against the 14-hour window.

For the full HOS changes detail: US Hours of Service Amendments