FMCSA Change: Hours of Service Changes in Effect


A long standing trucking law is set to change and this impacts your carriers!

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that it would modify the hours of service rule impacting almost 2 million long and short haul drivers. As your residential hot shot freight broker we have a duty to inform our clients about the rule. 

What will change?

  • Truckers could use their 30 minute break when they are on duty but not driving. I.E. Waiting at the warehouse when waiting for the shipment to be loaded.
  • Truck drivers will be allowed to split their required 10 hours of duty into two periods. One period of at least seven consecutive hours in the sleeper berth and the other period of not less than two consecutive hours.
  • An off duty break of 30 minutes to 3 hours would pause a truck driver’s 14 hour driving window.
  • Under bad driving conditions the 14 hour window could be extended by two hours.
  • The maximum on duty period could be extended to 14 hours from 12 and the distance limit to 150 miles from 100 for short haul drivers.

The FMCSA has stated that these proposed changes will save an estimated 275 million dollars for the US Economy and American consumers! As your expedited freight service provider please reach out to us if you need to add additional trucks to your freight list.