FMCSA publishes hours of service guidance

| January 31, 2013

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has posted two new guides regarding upcoming changes in hours of service rules on its website.

“Interstate Truck Driver’s Guide to Hours of Service” and “Hours of Service Logbook” are aimed at helping truckers comply with the Dec. 27, 2011 final rule. The 28-page guide covers topics including the restart provision and sleeper berth use, while the 49-page logbook’s 28 examples have Record of Duty Status samples and explanations of violations.

On March 15, a federal appellate court will hear the American Trucking Associations’ case against the new rule. The association has asked to postpone the July 1 compliance deadline because the court’s ruling could alter the regulation.

Congress has set a March 31 deadline for the agency to complete a field study on effectiveness of the 34-hour restart provision.

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