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Short-Haul Exemption Clarified in Complex HOS Rules
On Aug. 7, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) clarified the classification of “short-haul” truck drivers. These individuals were carved out from the 30-minute break rule in the recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, upholding the Hours of Service (HOS) regulations that took effect on July. 1.
FMCSA’s guidance document explains that the short-haul operations exemption will apply to drivers (commercially and non-commercially licensed) who operate within 100 air-miles of their normal work reporting location, as well as non-commercially licensed drivers who operate within a 150 air-mile radius of the location where they report for duty.
The 30-minute break requirement under the HOS provisions dictates that any non-exempt driver must take an off-duty break for at least 30 minutes every eight hours of driving.
Despite the FMCSA’s clarification on the short-haul driver exemption, the HOS rules remain complex and cumbersome to navigate. AED is coordinating with construction industry colleagues and key lawmakers on Capitol Hill to determine next steps on confronting this regulatory jumble.
Click here to view a Q&A page created by AED to help equipment distributors better understand HOS rules.
Article Date: 2013-08-12
Source: Associated Equipment Distributors
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