The hours-of-service regulations for truckers are being reconsidered by the federal Department of Transportation, according to a news release from U.S. Rep Kristi Noem, R-S.D.

The regulations "placed a significant and unnecessary strain on many small truckers," according to the release.

The Department of Transportation’s considerations include:

  • Expanding the current 100 air mile “short-haul” exemption from 12 hours on duty to 14 hours on duty, which is consistent with rules for long-haul drivers.
  • Extending the current 14-hour on duty limitation by up to two hours when a driver encounters adverse driving conditions.
  • Revising the current mandatory 30-minute break for drivers after eight hours of continuous driving.
  • Reinstating the option for splitting up the required 10-hour off-duty rest break for drivers operating trucks with sleeper compartments.

Public comments will be accepted online at until Sept. 20. 

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