The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) updated its Hours of Service (HOS) rules earlier this year. Still, many truck drivers and trucking companies may not be aware of the new rules.
The FMCSA published the revised HOS regulations in 49 CFR Part 395 back in June 2020, but the new rules did not go into effect until September 29, 2020. The federal agency’s HOS rules outline driving limits for drivers of commercial motor vehicles and trucks.
What’s Changed for Truck Drivers?
The updated Hours of Service rules include four changes designed to make our country’s roads safer while offering truck drivers more flexibility. The four changes are:
Summary of Hours of Service (HOS) Regulations
Drivers of commercial motor vehicles are also subject to existing Hours of Service regulations, including:
- The driving limit. Property-carrying drivers cannot drive for longer than 11 hours after 10 consecutive off-duty hours, while passenger-carrying operators are not permitted to drive for more than 10 hours after 8 consecutive off-duty hours.
- The workday limit. Property carriers may not drive beyond the 14th consecutive hour after coming on duty, while passenger carriers are not allowed to drive after having been on duty for 15 hours. Note: Off-duty time is not included in the 14- or 15-hour period.
- The workweek limit. Both truck drivers carrying property and passengers are prohibited from driving after 60 or 70 hours on duty in 7 or 8 consecutive days, respectively.
A truck driver’s fatigue and drowsiness are two common contributing factors in truck crashes on our nation’s roads. Hours of Service regulations are designed to minimize the risk of fatigued and drowsy driving, but many truckers ignore these rules. Many trucking companies impose unrealistic deadlines on their drivers, encouraging them to violate HOS rules, while others explicitly train truckers to ignore these rules.
If you were involved in a truck wreck, it is vital to speak with a Lakeland truck accident attorney to investigate your crash and determine liability. Contact our personal injury attorney at The Turnbull Firm to receive a free case review. Call at 863-324-3500 today.