Following a federal court decision, regulators say they will “immediately” cease enforcing a rule requiring short-haul truck drivers to take daily 30-minute breaks.
A federal appeals court Aug. 2 struck down the break requirement in new truck driver hours of service rules — but only for short-haul trucking operators.
Other commercial truck drivers must take a break of at least 30 minutes after eight consecutive hours of on-duty time without rest, according to the rules.
The decision led to short-term confusion over the definition of "short-haul" trucking, and whether it included local drivers with commercial drivers licenses and non-CDL drivers.
In a statement providing guidance, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration opted for the more inclusive definition, including both short-haul CDL truck drivers operating within 100 air-miles of their base location and non-CDL drivers operating within 150 miles of their base.
A new rule-making will incorporate the guidance into the regulations, the FMCSA said.