Final HOS Rule Retains 11-Hour Driving Limit

December 22, 2011: The long-awaited final rule on revised hours of service has been released, keeping the current 11-hour daily driving limit but cutting by 12 hours the maximum number of hours a truck driver can work within a week.

In addition, truck drivers cannot drive after working eight hours without first taking a break of at least 30 minutes. Drivers can take the 30-minute break whenever they need rest during the eight-hour window.

FMCSA says it will continue to conduct data analysis and research to further examine any risks associated with the 11 hours of driving time.

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