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New Hours-of-Service Rules Take Effect

July 01, 2013

New federal hours-of-service rules for truck drivers took full effect July 1, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced.

First announced in December 2011 by FMCSA, the rules limit the average work week for truck drivers to 70 hours to ensure that all truck operators have adequate rest.

The final HOS rule:
• Limits the maximum average work week for truck drivers to 70 hours, a decrease from the current maximum of 82 hours.
• Allows truck drivers who reach the maximum 70 hours of driving within a week to resume if they rest for 34 consecutive hours, including at least two nights when their body clock demands sleep the most - from 1 a.m. -5 a.m.
• Requires truck drivers to take a 30-minute break during the first eight hours of a shift.  

The final rule retains the current 11-hour daily driving limit and 14-hour work day.

Trucking companies and passenger carriers that allow drivers to exceed limits by more than three hours could be fined $11,000 per offense, and the drivers could face civil penalties of up to $2,750 for each offense.

Further information, is available on FMCSA’s website at

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