New Commercial Motor Vehicle Definition About Hours of Service 2013


Here we go again, the new rules for commercial truck drivers will take affect July 1st 2013. The new rules will affect mainly long haul truckers that continually work 70 or more hours each week.

Most local drivers and drivers that are home on the weekend will not be affected. The main points to the new commercial motor vehicle definition regarding new laws are.

  • You can take only one 34 hour restart each week or each 168 hours.
  • Your 34 hour restart must include 2 periods of off duty time between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. These hours off are from your home terminal time, no matter where you are.
  • You need to take at least a 30 minute break within 8 hours of on duty time, this 30 minute break counts against your 14 hour driving window.
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The Hours of Service of Drivers Final Rule [Download PDF Version] was published in the Federal Register on December 27, 2011. The effective date of the Final Rule is February 27, 2022, and the compliance date of selected provisions is July 1, 2021. Summary of H.O.S.

These changes affect drivers that are still driving after they have worked for more than 8 hours without taking any off-duty time.

Truck drivers that use the 100 air mile radius or the non CDL 150 air mile radius provisions are also required to take the minimum thirty minute break after being on duty for 8 hours, even though they don’t have to log it.

In early Aug. of 2013, a Washington D.C. federal appeals court upheld the newest hour of service rules that control truckers and the length of time to drive before taking a break.

30 Minute Break Rule Has Been Dropped For Short-Haul Drivers

The wise ones (sarcasm) have made an exception to the 30 minute break rule within 8 hours of on duty or driving time for short haul drivers, it has been eliminated.

Because all of the truck drivers that are taking their 34 hour reset time have to take off 2 periods of time between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. there will be a lot of drivers leaving out at the same time, early morning.

This will contribute to rush hour congestion, sometimes I like to leave out earlier to stay away from rush hour traffic.

Great!  More Trucks On The Road During Morning Rush Hour Traffic!

Looking at the bright side, the 11 hours that you can drive each day will remain the same, originally the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) wanted to change it to 10 hours of driving time a day.

I have a very strong work ethic, it’s kind of hard for me to be forced to stop for a break if I have a long haul, and want to make it to a place to park at the end of the day, without having to worry about parking spaces being filled up.

More rules equal more stress on the driver. Isn’t the mandatory 10 hour break enough?

Do you see all over the media that there is a critical shortage of truckers? But the rules and regulations placed on truck drivers are increasing, enough though many American truckers have left, or were forced to leave the trucking business!

These New Hours of Service Will Make The Roads Safer! What A Crock Of Shit!

Now it has been green lighted to let Mexican truckers operate in the United States, will they have the same rules and regulations as Americans, will their trucks be as safe? Will their driving times be regulated by United States transportation laws?

Do you think the new federal requirements are to protect people and make it safer, I don’t!

I think it is an agenda.

Reason For Shortage Of Truckers In United States

I remember a decade or so ago all over the news media that there is a shortage of workers in this country and we need illegals here to do the jobs Americans would not do.

Now illegals have flooded all kinds of jobs, and the companies that hired them pay them less, workers wages have gone down and the jobs are gone.

Our international agreements like NAFTA cause United States jobs to leave the country, along with ridiculous regulations on American companies, why stay when there is much less regulations and cheap labor in other countries. Wake Up America!


Below is a video on the subject of commercial drivers license new federal requirements on interstate commerce medical certification which is now a part of your driving record which took effect January 30, 2012.

Interstate and Intrastate medical document requirements video

Truckers Hours Are Now Reduced Because Of The New Regulations!

Truck drivers have new regulations to pay attention to as of the first of the month.

Truck drivers are now required by law to work fewer hours in a week, dropping from 82 to 70.

If a driver reaches the 70 hour maximum they must rest for 34 consecutive hours.

Drivers will now have to take a 30 minute break in the first eight hours of a shift.

Officials hope these new rules help balance safety and productivity.

“All the regulations that are put into effect are put in place to make sure that the environment is safe for every driver out there, truck driver and automobile drivers so these regulations again are ensuring that the drivers are well rested and that they can get those loads delivered on time,” explains president of the Iowa Motor Truck Association, Brenda Neville.

Neville says trucking companies are changing their delivery times and some are hiring more drivers in order to obey these new rules and accommodate customers. Story From

New Hours of Service Effect Drivers Differently!

I don’t mind most of the new regulations, but the rule that says you can only take one 34 hour off period a week to reset your hours back to 70 hours available is ridiculous.

pissed off trucker

I am usually out on the road 5 or 6 days a week, I get home with only a few hours left of my allotted time for the week.

.I get home and go off duty for 34 to 48 hours and my time resets and I have my 70 hours available for the week.

Now I come home after 5 or 6 days on the road, and I have to wait an additional day to start the 34 hour clock to reset my hours.

I will now make less money, this is messed up.

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