It's official: Short-haul truckers exempt from 30-minute break

By Jami Jones, Land Line managing editor | 10/25/2013

The recent court ruling on the hours-of-service regulations essentially solidified the current regulations – with one notable exception. Short-haul drivers are to be exempt from the mandatory rest break provision.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is making that exemption official with a final rule that will publish in the Federal Register on Monday, Oct. 28.

The final rule exempts two distinct types of short-haul drivers.

Specifically, the final rule exempts all drivers (whether they hold a CDL or not) who operate within 100 air-miles of their normal work reporting location and satisfy the time limitations and recordkeeping requirements.

The rule also exempts all non-CDL drivers who operate within a 150 air-mile radius of the location where the driver reports for duty and who satisfy the time limitations and recordkeeping requirements.

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