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FMCSA Provides Reg Guidance on Partial Short Haul Driver Rest Breaks

Posted in on Fri, Dec 20, 2013

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has published regulatory guidance to address the application of the 30-minute break rule to interstate drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) who begin their duty days as “short haul” drivers exempt from the break rule but who occasionally exceed the short haul distance or time limits.  These drivers are subject to the break requirement and must prepare a record-of-duty-status (RODS) for the day.  The intent of the break rule would be satisfied if drivers in these situations take a break at the earliest safe opportunity after exceeding the short haul limits and explain in a RODS annotation why the rest break was not taken within the required 8 hours of the last off-duty break of at least 30 minutes.  The effective date of this guidance is December 19, 2013.

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