Interstate Truck Driver’s Guide to Hours of Service


Summarizes the Federal hours of service (HOS) regulations in Part 395 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) that relate to property-carrying commercial motor vehicles and their drivers, complete with example scenarios and exceptions.

This guidance includes changes to the following four HOS provisions that went into effect on September 29, 2020:

  • Short-haul exception
  • Adverse driving conditions exception
  • 30-minute rest break requirements
  • Sleeper berth provision

Contact Info: FMCSA Information Line, 1-800-832-5660, or

Note: This guidance document does not have the force and effect of law and is not meant to bind the public in any way.  It is intended only to provide information and clarity regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.

Regulatory Topic: Hours of Service Regulations for Property Carriers

Effective Date: Thursday, April 28, 2022

Issued Date: Thursday, April 28, 2022

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