The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has commended a final ruling on hours-of-service issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). 

 

The new rule makes changes to the agency’s hours-of-service rules in Part 395 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and includes language that is identical to the comments submitted by ISRI on behalf of the recycling industry that would increase route optimization, increase flexibility in pickups and deliveries, and maintain safety for drivers. 

 

“The hours of service final rule provides a long-lasting positive impact for the recycling industry without adversely affecting transportation safety,” said Robin Wiener, president, ISRI.

 

Highlights from the final rule include:

– Increased safety and flexibility for the 30-minute break rule by requiring a break after eight hours of consecutive driving and allowing the break to be satisfied by a driver using on-duty, not driving status, rather than off-duty status.

 

– Modified sleeper-berth exception to allow drivers to split their required 10 hours off duty into two periods: an 8/2 split, or a 7/3 split—with neither period counting against the driver’s 14‑hour driving window.

 

– Modified adverse driving conditions exception by extending by two hours the maximum window during which driving is permitted.

 

– Changed short-haul exception available to certain commercial drivers by lengthening the drivers’ maximum on‑duty period from 12 to 14 hours and extending the distance limit within which the driver may operate from 100 air miles to 150 air miles.

 

– The final rule revisions will take effect 120 days after the date the rule is published in the Federal Register.

 

Click here to read ISRI’s comments that were included in the final rule.

 

The full text of the rule can be found here.

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