July 1st, 2013 is the day all the new Hours of Service (HOS) regulations begin that we all must be compliant with. There has been a big push for changes to the HOS since the mid 90’s from the FMCSA, and they’ve finally done it! We are still learning about these changes and trying to get the details sorted out, but it’s going to be important that we all embrace this change.
We’ve been receiving a lot of calls lately with questions regarding these changes, and some really good ones, I must say. Our mission is to make sure that we give you the tools to understand these changes while also helping you better prepare.
One of the biggest changes coming up is the 34-hour restart. The rule states that you must take a 34-hour restart for every 168 hours worked. Included in your restart you are required to take two rest periods from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. on your home terminal time; after this break your hours will reset.
Second, is the change of your on/off-duty times as well as the hours you’re allowed to drive. You will be allowed a period of 14 consecutive hours of duty time after being off duty for 10 or more consecutive hours, and this 14 hours starts as soon as you begin any kind of work. After 14 hours, you must then be off duty again for at least 10 consecutive hours. Within the 14 consecutive on duty hours you are allotted 11 hours to drive. Once you have driven a total of 11 hours, you must take your 10 consecutive hours of off duty time. You must also take a 30 minute off-duty or sleeper-berth period if it has been 8 hours since your last break of at least 30 minutes.
There are many references that are linked in this article, and we urge you to not skip over them, please read them and make yourselves aware of what’s coming. You’ll also see links to other important articles such as the MAP-21 act. You can save the links, print them out, whatever you need to do, but chances are you’ll want to reference them at some point.