We already told you about the new changes to the hours of service rules in our previous blog, Trucking Industry News: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Announces Several Changes to Hours of Service Rules. While most of these changes will not go into effect until next summer – July 1, 2013 to be exact – a few key rule changes have already become effective. These include:
- Time resting in a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) will now be counted as off-duty time in lieu of the current on-duty time. It is important to note that this off-duty time does NOT extend the 14 consecutive hour daily limit; however, it can be used to allow a driver to extend his weekly limits. There is no limit on the amount of time that a driver can rest in a parked commercial vehicle.
- A new “egregious” hours of service violation – defined as exceeding the maximum daily drive time of 11 hours by three or more hours – begins in February. The penalty for this violation can be as much as $2,750 for a driver and $11,000 for the motor carrier.
Are you having trouble keeping up with these new rules? If so, you are not alone. But you are in luck!
HOS Handbook coming soon to MMTA: This spiral bound 200+ page handbook clearly explains the new HOS final rule with compliance dates 2/27/12 and 7/01/13. The book also includes logging scenarios and examples, and a list of FAQ’s.
LIMITED TIME OFFER: All books preordered by April 7th are only $5.25 regardless of quantity ordered!
More information, including Q&A, a copy of the rule, and a comparison chart summarizing key changes, is available at www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/topics/hos-final/hos-final-rule.aspx.
If you have any questions about the Hours of Service Handbooks, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!
With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” So go ahead and do what you do best and let us take care of the rest. Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.
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