Hours of Service
The term “Hours of Service” refers to a set of regulations by transportation regulators governing how many hours a commercial driver can operate continually. Driver log auditing can help take care of Hours of Service issues as well as a range of other regulations by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and state Department of Transportation regulators.
Summary of Hours of Service (HOS) Regulations
Who must comply to Hours of Service:
Most drivers must follow the HOS Regulations if they drive a commercial motor vehicle, or CMV.
In general, a CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business and is involved in interstate commerce and fits any of these descriptions:
– Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
– Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
– Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
– Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
– A vehicle that is involved in Interstate or intrastate commerce and is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards is also considered a CMV
Hours of Service: Final Rule
The Hours of Service of Drivers Final Rule was published in the Federal Register on December 27, 2011. The effective date of the Hours of Service Final Rule is February 27, 2012, and the compliance date of selected provisions is July 1, 2013.