The 16-hour rule or the 16-hour short-haul exception allows some commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers to extend their 14-hour window by 2 hours every week, provided that certain conditions are met.
In this post, we discuss the nitty-gritty details of this 16-hour rule, the conditions that need to be met, and how drivers can use the 16-hour exemption in the KeepTruckin Driver App.
Let’s start by reviewing the Hours of Service rule and how the 16-hour short-haul exception fits in.
A Brief Recap of Hours-of-Service Rules
According to DOT Hours of Service rules, U.S. property-carrying CMV drivers generally have 14-hour windows to finish all driving-related work. In those 14 hours, they can drive up to 11 hours. Drivers must also take a 30-minute break after 8 hours of driving.
What is the 16-hour rule?
The 16-hour rule is an exemption that allows certain drivers to extend their on-duty time from 14 hours to 16 hours. So drivers can have a 16-hour window — instead of 14 — once per cycle provided that certain conditions are met.
The 16-hour rule is also commonly referred to as the 16-hour short-haul exception.
Note though that the 16-hour short-haul exception does not extend the 11-hour driving limit. Instead, drivers who qualify for the 16-hour exemption can remain on-duty for 2 more hours (for 16 hours, instead of 14 hours). Drivers must be relieved immediately after the 16th hour.
Conditions for the 16-Hour Short-Haul Exception to Apply
Certain conditions must be met for a short-haul driver to qualify for the 16-hour exception.
Drivers can use the 16-hour exception if all of the following occur:
- The driver returns to their work reporting location for that day as well as their last 5 workdays
- The driver is released from work after coming On Duty within 16 hours
- The driver has not used the 16-hour exception in the previous 6 consecutive days (unless they have used the 34-hour break to restart their weekly cycle)
Also, drivers who qualify for non-CDL short-haul exceptions may not use the 16-hour short-haul exception.
How to Use the 16-Hour Exception with the KeepTruckin App
The KeepTruckin Driver App makes it simple for drivers to use the 16-hour short-haul exception. Drivers can use the 16-hour rule with the KeepTruckin Driver App in four simple steps.
Step No. 1: Go to Menu > Settings > Logs.
Step No. 2: Enable the short-haul exception and save the settings.
Note: The 16-hour short-haul exception is only available for ‘property-carrying’ & ‘oil & gas’ vehicles and for USA 70-hour/8-day and 60-hour/7-day cycles.
Step No. 3: Once the ‘short-haul exception’ is enabled, go back to your logs, click the + icon at the bottom-right corner of the screen, and tap ‘Take the 16 Hour Exception’ to use it.
The 16-hour short-haul exception allows drivers to extend their daily window by 2 hours once a week. In certain situations, it can be very beneficial for drivers to use this exception.
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