FMCSA officially exempts short-haul drivers from break requirement:
According to the policies of FMCSA, a rule regarding compulsory break requirement was set for short- haul drivers.
According to the rule of FMCSA, that driver who meets up the requirements of the short- haul exception of 150 air mile is not required to act in accordance with break of 30 minutes.
The above mentioned rule is the answer of a decision made by U.S court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit which invalidated the break provision of 30 minutes to short haul drivers.
This rule is applicable for those who qualify under the air-mile radius exception. All other drivers must follow the mandatory break provision, and if more than 8 hours has passed since the time the driver’s last off duty then he must not drive.