Hours of Service Compliance

FMCSA Hours of Service Regulations

Are You In Compliance?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which enforces commercial transit laws, has updated their rules regarding Hours of Service (HOS).

The changes were decided late 2011 and have a compliance date of February 27, 2012 or July 1, 2013 depending on which of the five changes are being examined (read below).

An Electronic Driver’s Logs is the easiest, fastest way to prove and ensure that you’re in compliance with the new laws.

Hours of Service Rule Changes

Provision: Limitations on minimum “34-hour restarts”
Current Rule: None.
Final Rule: (1) Must include two periods between 1 a.m.- 5 a.m. home terminal time.
(2) May only be used once per week.
Compliance Date: July 1, 2013

Provision: Rest Breaks
Current Rule: None except as limited by other rule provisions.
Final Rule: May drive only if 8 hours or less have passed since end of driver’s last off-duty period of at least 30 minutes. [HM 397.5 mandatory “in attendance” time may be included in break if no other duties performed]
Compliance Date: July 1, 2013

Provision: On-duty time
Current Rule: Includes any time in CMV except sleeper-berth.
Final Rule: Does not include any time resting in a parked CMV. In a moving property-carrying CMV, does not include up to 2 hours in passenger seat immediately before or after 8 consecutive hours in sleeper-berth. Also applies to passenger-carrying drivers.
Compliance Date: February 27, 2012

Provision: Penalties
Current Rule: “Egregious” hours of service violations not specifically defined.
Final Rule: Driving (or allowing a driver to drive) 3 or more hours beyond the driving-time limit may be considered an egregious violation and subject to the maximum civil penalties. Also applies to passenger-carrying drivers.
Compliance Date: February 27, 2012

Provision: Oilfield Exemption
Current Rule: “Waiting time” for certain drivers at oilfields (which is off-duty but does extend 14-hour duty period) must be recorded and available to FMCSA, but no method or details are specified for the recordkeeping.
Final Rule: “Waiting time” for certain drivers at oilfields must be shown on logbook or electronic equivalent as off duty and identified by annotations in “remarks” or a separate line added to “grid.”
Compliance Date: February 27, 2012

All Hours of Service Rule Changes sourced from: FMCSA.DOT Official Web-site

Electronic Driver’s Log (Hours of Service Log)

Electronic Driver’s Logs will become essential in 2012 as the only indisputable way to comply with the new laws.  Commercial Driver’s will require a way to prove their hours of operation in the event of an inspection.  An Electronic Driver’s Log eliminates fines, tags drivers out of service, and avoids countless clerical hours calculating each driver’s operating time.

Safety Track’s Hours of Service System features an electronic driver’s log, among many other crucial fleet management features.

Contact Safety Track to learn more about the M7N Fleet Management System, Electronic Driver’s Logs, or the new Hours of Service regulation.

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Hours of Service Log

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