Reminder: New Hours of Service Rule Effective July 1

Despite pending litigation, commercial truck drivers and companies must comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Association's revised Hours of Service (HOS) rule on July 1.

The HOS changes restrict how drivers can use the optional 34-hour restart to reset their weekly driving limits of 60 hours in seven days, or 70 hours in eight days. Drivers will be able to use it only once every seven days, and it must include two periods from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. The new regulation also requires drivers to take a half-hour rest break before driving more than eight hours. A summary of the rule can be found on FMCSA's website.

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to review FMCSA's final rule. That ruling is expected this month. ATA had asked the federal government to delay implementation of the rules until the legal challenge ends. However, FMCSA denied that request.


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