The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration today published in the Federal Register the Final Rule [FMCSA-2004-19608] governing hours-of-service.

The HOS rule, which was announced late last week, addresses driving time, on- and off-duty time, and revises the sleeper berth exception, as well as hours for short-haul drivers.

The revised rule was created in response to a July 2004 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that vacated the HOS rule that FMCSA had published in 2003. The court’s primary complaint was that the agency had not sufficiently considered the impact of the new rule on driver health. Today’s rule addresses those concerns.

For further coverage on HOS, see HOS revision draws fire and FMCSA’s Sandberg presents new HOS.