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May a driver use the adverse driving conditions provision even if the adverse conditions have cleared when the driver arrives at the location where the condition occurred?

Frequently Asked Questions Relating to 2020 Changes to Hours of Service Regulations

Question 14

Q: May a driver use the adverse driving conditions provision even if the adverse conditions have cleared when the driver arrives at the location where the condition occurred?

A: Yes, but only if the adverse driving condition inhibited a driver's ability to proceed. For example, if a rock slide blocks the road and causes traffic to back-up, and the rock slide is cleared off the road before the driver gets there, but the driver is inhibited by the traffic back-up, the driver may use the adverse driving condition exception.

Regulatory Topic: Hours of Service
Published Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020
Issued Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020