The new hours of service to into effect TODAY! Are you up to speed on all of the changes? I made a video about it to help and I will go over them here as well.
Short haul drivers who start and end AT THE SAME PLACE are now allowed 150 air miles and 14 hours a day without a log as long as their hours are kept track of. This is to better align with OTR drivers.
The 30 minute break can now be accomplished by on-duty, off-duty or sleeper berth time and is only required after 8 driving hours instead of 8 hours on-duty. 3 separate breaks of 10 minutes don't count, the 30 minutes must be consecutive.
Adverse driving conditions now add 2 hours to your day and 2 driving hours instead of just driving. So, adverse driving conditions give you 13 driving hours in a 16 hour day. Adverse driving condition is defined as something unusual that could not have been know by you at the time you leave and could not have been know by dispatch at the time of dispatch. Just because you didn't know does not mean you could not have known. It is easy to get a weather report.
Split sleeper changes to allow 7-3 split. 8-2 also still allowed. Both parts of the split now stop your clock and can be taken in any order. Also, it can be 7.5 and 2.5. The short part must be AT LEAST 2 hours and the long part must be AT LEAST 7 hours and they must add up to 10. Need a break or want to wait out some traffic? No problem. Take 2 hours and stop your clock. When you stop to sleep later be sure to get at least 8 hours and you are good to go. I will be doing a separate video on the split sleeper as that is what I get the most questions about.
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Drivers wanted this for the new HOS that goes into effect on Sept 29 but it didn't make it. Well, it is back. The FMCSA is going to start a pilot program to test a new break. Here is how it would work. You would be able to stop your clock for between 30 minutes and 3 hours, once per day, and have it not count against your 14 hour clock. It would stop the 14 hours so you could theoretically mean you work 17 hours. Now, at the end of this you MUST take a full 10 hour break, no split sleeper if you use this. This could very much extend your day. In fact, here is the longest day you could have. Start at 9 am. At noon stop for a 3 hour sleeper (allowed under new rules for split sleeper). Now 3 pm and that section stopped your clock under the new rules in effect Sept 29. At 6pm stop for 3 hours off duty, stopping your clock again. It is now 9 pm and you only have 6 hours logged. At 5am you hit the sleeper. WOW. You just legally worked from 9am one day until 5 am the next day. Amazing. This would be allowed under the new proposal. I think they might change so you can't use the first split part to stop your clock as well but currently this would be just fine. At 5am you would be required to get a full 10 hour break. Since all this does is extend your day without extending your pay I am against it. Sure, it might help avoid traffic but companies don't have to become better at dispatching as long as drivers continue to accept sitting in traffic being paid mileage. I encourage everyone to carefully consider this new proposal. Going from 14 hours to 17 hours or even more without an increase in pay means I am against it. We are already expected to do work for free so I don't support more free work.
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Hi! Welcome. I'm Mark and I've been a professional truck driver for over 33 years, the last 19 years at the same company. It is time that drivers got paid for every minute that we work and we are treated like the licensed professionals we are.