Hours of Service (HOS)

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.

For more info, check out our Hours of Service FAQs or our Electronic Logging Device FAQs.

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.

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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.

ELog/ELD Regulations

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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.