With revised federal hours of service scheduled to take effect Sept. 29th, ELD providers have also been planning how best to assist fleets with the changes. The revisions make four fundamental changes to the existing HOS (Hours of Service) rules:
- The 30-minute break rule
- The split sleeper berth options
- The adverse driving conditions exception
- The short-haul exception
The change that has probably resulted in the most interest is the change in rules requiring a 30-minute break after no more than eight consecutive driving hours. This can now be satisfied by the on-duty/not driving status, rather than off-duty status. That means a driver’s “break” could be met by stopping to fuel the truck, for instance. To learn more about how ELD providers are preparing for these changes, read the full article by Stephane Babcock.