HOS Decision Stirs “Short-Haul” Confusion

The recent decision by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has left confusion as to its impact on short-haul trucking.

The opinion, written by Judge Janice Rogers Brown, does not directly define “short-haul” and there are at least two existing definitions in federal rules.

According to the American Trucking Associations (ATA) which brought the suit to overturn the rules, the decision “technically” applies only to non-CDL holders who operate within a 150 air mile radius. This interpretation would leave out short-haul operators who carry CDLs.

However, ATA says the court “also pointed out the distinction between short haul and long haul drivers generally, and how the intent of FMCSA’s changes to the hours of service rules was to address the latter. Consistent with the Court’s rationale, ATA believes both types of short haul drivers were intended to be exempted from the rest break requirement.”

ATA says it is seeking clarification from FMCSA before the Court’s decision takes effect.

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