Hours of Service (HOS)
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In the interest of preventing fatigue-related accidents, the hours-of-service regulations place restrictions on when and for how long drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) may be behind the wheel. For more than 15 years, change has been a constant with these regulations, with more revisions planned for the future.
As of December 18, 2017, most CMV drivers are required to use Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) in place of paper logs to record drivers’ hours of service (although backup paper logs are still required). These devices automatically record driving time and certain other data and facilitate the completion of logs. Canada has also proposed ELD rules to be implemented in coming years, mirroring U.S. standards.
New requirements for supporting documents also went into force in December 2017, affecting all motor carriers and CMV drivers, whether using ELDs or not. The new rules include specific requirements for the types of supporting documents that must be kept.
The 34-hour "restart" provision has also been in a state of flux. In March 2017 the FMCSA announced that it would revert back to the pre-July 2013 version of the restart rule. This means that limits on when and how often truck drivers may get a restart will remain suspended and eventually will be removed from the regulations.
J. J. Keller will help you stay on top of the latest HOS developments through our news alerts and up-to-date reference materials. As a top supplier of ELDs, log books, training materials, and log auditing solutions, we can also help you comply with HOS regulations and keep your CSA scores low.
We also offer Canada-specific log books and training that addresses Canadian hours-of-service regulations, as well as logs for oilfield operations.
The U.S. federal hours-of-service regulations, with a few exceptions, apply to all motor carriers, drivers, and CMVs that transport property or passengers in interstate commerce. In-state requirements may vary.
Latest News & Resources
- General Hours of Service FAQs
- Which CMV definition should you use?
- Regulatory Guidance: Use of CMV for Personal Conveyance
- Regulatory Guidance: Transport of Agricultural Commodities
- FMCSA offers clarification on personal conveyance and agricultural exemption 06/01/18
- FMCSA chief sees room to add flexibility to HOS rules 05/24/18
- Drivers hauling frack sand may qualify for HOS waiting time exception 04/18/18
- FMCSA confirms ELD waiver for livestock and insect haulers 04/06/18
- Full enforcement of e-logs began April 1 04/03/18
- CVSA focusing on HOS compliance during this year’s Roadcheck 03/22/18
- DOT OIG finds no benefit to restart restrictions 03/08/17
- Congress passes ‘fix’ to 34-hour restart 12/12/16
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As a top supplier of log books, training materials, and other log auditing solutions, J. J. Keller has the experience to help you comply with hours of service regulations. See below for compliance solutions.
Online system to help achieve HOS compliance. Compatible with iPad®, iPhone® and Android™ mobile devices.
Compliance guidance based on critical data from ELDs, Paper Logs, and Time Sheets.
Help you comply with ELD mandate backup log book requirements.
Get help complying with the hours of service regulations. Several formats and specific topics available.
Help your drivers meet duty status requirements of 49 CFR ß 395.8.
Includes Hours of Service rule with compliance dates of 2/27/12 and 7/1/13.
Critical log book supplies help your drivers keep their log books protected and calculate their entries accurately.
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A flexible ELog solution. Use with the J. J. Keller Mobile® app for Apple® and Android™ smart devices.
Work with a dedicated consultant to improve your safety and compliance through a customized program.
Hours of Service and CSA
Hours of Service plays a pivotal part in the CSA HOS Compliance BASIC. J. J. Keller offers a wealth of resources and solutions to help you address CSA and the HOS Compliance BASIC. Get more information.
An ELog / ELD is a device attached to a commercial vehicle's engine to capture speed, distance and driver location (GPS) data. ELog / ELD systems also typically require driver interaction — to provide duty status details (produce electronic logbook) or vehicle inspection information (produce electronic DVIR), for example. The data captured by an ELog / ELD can provide critical assessments of fleet and driver performance, helping companies make decisions to improve operations.
On December 18, 2017, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) implemented a new rule requiring all CMVs operating in interstate commerce and subject to the federal logging rules in Part 395 to be equipped with ELD technology.
For more information on the ELD rule, as well as J. J. Keller® ELD and electronic logbooks, visit our ELD and ELog Technology page.