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New HOS rules explained

Dec. 10, 2014:We are monitoring the Omnibus spending bill, and we will update the HOS lesson if the restart provision changes.

On July 1, 2013, the new Hours of Service rules from the FMCSA go into effect. We've updated the Pro-TREAD lesson on the new HOS rules ahead of time: it's available today. (We also added the content about the Feb. 27 updates at the beginning of 2013.) We strongly recommend you assign it to all your drivers ASAP.

This most recent update adds the following content to our HOS lesson:


Thirty-Four Hour Restart Period

This refers to being off-duty for 34 hours in a row. This is an optional method for resetting your On-Duty time back to zero so you can start your next 60 or 70-hour work period with maximum available on-duty hours. You may only use this rule once a week and new stipulations say the 34 hours must have two periods that fall between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.


Rest Breaks

This requirement states you may drive only if 8 hours or less have passed since the end of your last Off-Duty period of at least 30 minutes. These breaks must be logged and comply as Off-Duty time. Basically, if your driver wants to go more than 8 hours, they have to stop for 30 minutes for Off-Duty time.


Here are the "chapters" for the new Hours of Service rules lesson:

  • Hours of Service
  • On-Duty Time, Off-Duty Time, Sleeping Time and Driving Time
  • Definition of Time
  • Drive Time and On-Duty Time
  • Restrictions Based on Carrier
  • Keeping Logs and Reporting Your Time
  • Exceptions to Maximum Hours
  • Sleeper Berth Exceptions
  • Out of Service
  • Penalties for Violating HOS Rules

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