FMCSA moves quickly on granting rest break exemption to short-haul operations

| 8/8/2013

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration wasted no time in making an adjustment to the enforcement on the 30-minute mandated breaks following the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit’s ruling on Aug. 2.

The court’s decision upheld the majority of the current hours of service regulations, with one exception. The court determined that short-haul drivers will not be subject to the 30-minute off-duty break requirement.

On the same day as the court’s decision, FMCSA issued guidance stating that “effective immediately’ the agency will no longer enforce the 30-minute rest break on short-haul drivers.

The agency is defining short-haul operations as those that operate in a 100 air-mile radius of the normal work reporting location and non-CDL drivers that operate within a 150 air-mile radius of the location where the driver reports for duty.

The agency will initiate a rulemaking to include text in the HOS regulation noting that the 30-minute break provision does not apply to short-haul drivers.