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July 09, 2013

New Rules on Truck Driving Limits Now in Effect


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new Hours of Service regulations limiting the amount of time a truck driver may be driving or on-duty took effect July 1. Here’s a reminder on what the new rules say:
  • There are now limits on the 34-hour restarts for weekly driving.  As of July 1, the 34-hour restart must include being off duty for two periods from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. and drivers may only use the 34-hour restart once per week (or every 168 hours).  Note that this only affects those using the restart to work extra hours. It does not affect drivers who work a standard midnight shift.
  • Drivers are now required to take a 30-minute break for every eight consecutive hours on duty.
  • Trucking companies that allow drivers to exceed the 11-hour driving limit by more than three hours may face penalties of $11,000 per offense.  And the drivers themselves could face additional penalties of up to $2,750 per offense.
If you have any questions about the new rules, please contact Jennifer Dudley (jdudley@wnj.com or 248.784.5136) or Toni Kujawa (tkujawa@wnj.com or 248.784.5172) or any other member of the Automotive Industry Group at Warner Norcross & Judd. 

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