Short-haul drivers no longer have to worry about the 30-minute break before 8 hours of driving rule. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has officially announced it will no longer enforce that part of the rule. This comes shortly after a federal court vacated this aspect of the new Hours of Service rule but maintained the same break for long haul drivers.
FMCSA says that both categories of short-haul drivers – those within 100 miles of their home base and those without a commercial drivers license that are within 150 miles of home – don’t have to comply with a rule mandating a 30-minute break after eight hours of work. The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit referred only to the non-CDL drivers within 150 miles of base.
New Hours of Service rules came into effect July 1, 2013 requiring drivers to a break for at least 30-minutes before they reach 8 hours on duty. As well the rule including that a driver’s 34-hour workweek restart include two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods and the limit of using the 34-hour restart just once per 160 hours.
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including the rule that a driver’s 34-hour workweek restart include two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods and the limit of using the 34-hour restart just once per 160 hours. – See more at: http://www.ccjdigital.com/fmcsa-ends-30-minute-break-enforcement-for-short-haulers/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_content=08-08-2013&utm_campaign=CCJ&ust_id=ecaa9fa191&#sthash.a65wOldd.dpuf