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DOT makes hours reforms final, new regs will take effect later this year

A federal rule to overhaul the hours of service regulations that govern truck drivers’ schedules will soon be published in the Federal Register, the U.S. DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced Thursday. Of note, the rule expands the split-sleeper berth options afforded to drivers to allow them to split their 10-hour off-duty period into windows of seven hours and three hours, in addition to the existing eight-hour/two-hour option.


Unlike current regs, the shorter window in any split of off-duty time will not count against drivers’ 14-hour on-duty clock.