Members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee recently sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, asking the Department of Transportation to delay the effective date of a new Hours of Service (HOS) rule for truck drivers and commercial bus drivers by three months. The rule was originally scheduled to take effect July 1.
The new rule changes the “restart” period for the number of hours truck drivers may spend on the road. The new rule still limits drivers to the 60- or 70-hour on-duty period, but it allows them to “restart” the clock on this period only once every seven days, by taking at least 34 consecutive hours off duty. This 34-hour period must include at least two time periods between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. In addition, if more than 8 consecutive hours have passed since the driver was last off-duty or in the sleeper berth, the driver must take at least a 30-minute break before driving.