Hours of Service: Driver Survey

Purpose of the Survey:

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is proposing to revise the Hours of Service Regulations for Commercial Drivers. The Teamsters Safety and Health Department is seeking your input as to how these proposed changes may affect your job.

DISCUSSION OF THE PROPOSED RULEMAKING

Proposed Rulemaking - Hours of Service: Driver Survey

  • Optional
  • 1 - Short-Haul Operations. (Please read description for each question)

    The current regulation requires
    CDL qualified drivers who use the Short Haul Exception to operate within a 100-air-mile radius; return to the work reporting location and be released from work within 12 consecutive hours; not exceed 11 hours of driving time after having at least 10 consecutive hours off duty between duty tours.

    The proposed revision will:
    • Increase the maximum workday from 12 hours to 14 hours
    • Increase the maximum air-mile radius from 100 air miles to 150 air miles
  • 2 - Adverse Driving Conditions

    The current regulation allows
    Drivers who transport property and encounter adverse driving conditions to drive up to 13 hours within a 14-hour driving window.

    The proposed revision will:
    • Extend the driving window from 14 hours to 16 hours
  • adverse driving conditions,” which is defined in § 395.2 as “snow, sleet, fog, other adverse weather conditions, a highway covered with snow or ice, or unusual road and traffic conditions, none of which were apparent on the basis of information known to the person dispatching the run at the time it was begun.”
  • 3 - 30-Minute Break

    The current regulation requires
    Drivers who do not use the Short Haul Exception to take an off-duty break of at least 30 minutes within 8 hours of coming on duty.

    The proposed revision will:
    • Require a break after 8 consecutive hours of driving time (instead of on-duty time)
    • Allow the requirement to be satisfied by an on-duty, not driving break, rather than requiring an off-duty break. Drivers will be able to perform non-driving work during the interruption from driving
  • 4 - Sleeper Berth

    The Sleeper Berth Provision requires
    Drivers to accumulate at least 10 consecutive hours off duty that allows drivers to obtain it in 10 consecutive hours in the sleeper berth; a combination of consecutive sleeper-berth and off duty time amounting to at least 10 hours; or the equivalent of at least 10 consecutive hours off duty by taking at least 8 hours in the sleeper berth and at least 2 hours of off duty time.

    The proposed revision will:
    • Allow drivers to split their required 10 hours off-duty time into two periods of at least seven consecutive hours in one period and not less than two consecutive hours either off-duty or in the sleeper berth.
  • 5 - Split-Duty Period

    The current regulation allows
    Drivers to drive a maximum of 11 hours within a 14-hour “driving window”, provided the driver takes 10 consecutive hours off-duty at the end of the work shift.

    The proposed revision will:
    • Allow one off-duty break of at least 30 minutes, but not more than 3 hours, that would pause a truck driver’s 14-hour driving window, provided the driver takes 10 consecutive hours off-duty at the end of the work shift.
  • Thank you


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Contact Info

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