Interim Final Rule: Hours of Service of Drivers

FMCSA amends the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations effective December 27 to allow commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers up to 11 hours of driving time within a 14-hour, non-extendable window from the start of the workday, following 10 consecutive hours off duty (11-hour limit). This interim rule also allows motor carriers and drivers to restart calculations of the weekly on-duty time limits after the driver has at least 34 consecutive hours off duty (34-hour restart).

In essence, this ruling indicates that the HOS regulation remains unchanged until further notice. However, there are arguments presented both for and against the ruling by several public safety advocate groups including Public Citizen, ATA, OOIDA, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, among others. Some of the groups argue that the FMCSA actions not only violate the courtís July orders to amend the regulation, but also fail to comply with administrative rulemaking procedures by not allowing the public to comment on the interim rules. Others support the interim ruling stating that the regulations are working as intended. Some measures, such as speed limiters and electronic on board recording devices may be among the changes we will see come about as a result of these arguments.

If you manage commercial vehicles and drivers and are responsible for their daily operation then you aware of how daunting the USDOT regulations can be. There are many different regulations that have more than one interpretation depending on a variety of factors. We have found that there are usually more questions than answers uncovered when trying to get someone to explain what the USDOT expects of your company. The good news is that we have answers to your questions and we can help you get the definitive interpretation to the regulations that your company has to abide by. No more guesswork or worrying about being caught off guard. Our two day training sessions will give you practical information that you can put to use immediately. Learn exactly what the regulations mean to your specific operation and how to avoid penalties or fines, or worse, getting shut down due to excessive violations. Learn what forms and paperwork need to be included in each file so that when you get a USDOT audit you wont be caught unprepared.

Enroll or find out more by dialing 1-877-595-4856. You may send email to or visit our website at for more information.

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USDOT Audit Compliance Workshop: This two-day workshop is comprised of three separate chapters; DOT Regulations Compliance, Hours of Service & Drivers Daily Logs, and Supervisors Drug & Alcohol Training. Learn what forms and paperwork, policies and procedures are compliant with each regulation. Mock audit performed. Forms and Federal Regulation books provided.

Get in touch with us by dialing toll free 877-595-4856 or if you are out of the continental U.S., 972-412-3453 M-F 8-5 central. Our web address is We have classes forming now for our USDOT Audit Compliance Workshops in Jacksonville FL in Feb., Chicago IL in March, and Philadelphia PA in April of 2008. You may also call for a complete schedule of classes for 2008.