South Carolina Commercial Truck Insurance News: HOS Proposed Revisions
South Carolina commercial truck insurance provider JEB Insurance wants drivers to know about the DOTs new proposed revisions to the recently updated Hours of Service (HOS) rules. This is exciting news for truckers who have struggled to adjust to their new schedules, both physically and financially.
Published in August, 2019 the proposed revisions are aimed at allowing commercial drivers greater flexibility with their hours of service, 30 minute breaks and more. We’ll summarize the proposed changes below, but you can read the entire document for more information.
FMCSA’s Proposed HOS Revisions Key Points
- Short haul drivers may be able to work a longer 14 hour shift, rather than a 12 hour shift. This will make a tremendous difference to short haul drivers!
- The distance short haul drivers run may be redefined. Per the FMCSA “the distance limit within which the driver may operate from 100 air miles (115.08 statute miles) to 150 air miles (172.6 statute miles).”
- The 30 minute break requirement may change. Instead of requiring a break after the first 8 hours of WORK, drivers will need to take their 30 minutes after 8 hours of DRIVING. If your job requires lots of time to load and inspect, you’ll notice a big difference being able to load and then drive for 8 more hours before stopping.
- The 10 Hour Break may be split up! Arguably the most exciting of the proposed changes, drivers may be able to take 2 breaks, one of at least 7 hours in the sleeper / berth and one of the remaining 2+ hours, either in their berth or just off duty. These breaks will not count towards your 14 hour driving window.
South Carolina Commercial Truck Insurance & Industry Effects
At JEB Insurance, our customer base is commercial truck drivers and fleet managers. While we know that CDL drivers need to be safe and well rested, we also understand the frustration many have felt with the advent of new HOS and electronic log book requirements. We look forward to seeing the increased morale among drivers, and we know our fleet managers will too!