FMCSA's new hours-of-service final rule:
· Limits themaximum average work week for truck drivers to 70 hours, a decrease from thecurrent maximum of 82 hours;
· Allows truckdrivers who reach the maximum 70 hours of driving within a week to resume ifthey rest for 34 consecutive hours, including at least two nights when theirbody clock demands sleep the most - from 1-5 a.m., and;
· Requirestruck drivers to take a 30-minute break during the first eight hours of ashift.
The final rule retains the current 11-hour daily drivinglimit and 14-hour work day.
Companies and drivers that commit egregious violations ofthe rule could face the maximum penalties for each offense. Trucking companiesand passenger carriers that allow drivers to exceed driving limits by more thanthree hours could be fined $11,000 per offense, and the drivers themselvescould face civil penalties of up to $2,750 for each offense.
Further information, including "Hours-of-ServiceLogbook Examples," is available on FMCSA's web site at www.fmcsa.dot.gov/HOS.