Hours of Service: GPS Tracking in the News

Hours of Service: GPS Tracking in the News

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Read the latest Policy Updates published by the US DOT Compliance, Safety and Accountability Office (CSA) about Driver Hours of Service:

Enforcement Policy – Court Decision on the 30-Minute Rest Break Provision

On December 27, 2011 (76 FR 81133), FMCSA published a final rule amending its hours-of-service (HOS) regulations for drivers of property-carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs).  On August 2, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued its ruling on the Hours of Service litigation brought by the American Trucking Associations and Public Citizen.

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HOS Compliance Overview

The Hours-of-Service (HOS) Compliance Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) is one of seven categories that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) uses to determine how a motor carrier ranks relative to other carriers with a similar number of safety events (i.e., inspections, violations, or crashes). Specifically, the HOS Compliance BASIC addresses the requirements within the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) at 49 CFR Parts 392 and 395. This BASIC includes violations of the regulations pertaining to records of duty status (RODS) as they relate to HOS requirements and the management of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) driver fatigue.

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Hours of Service Logbook Examples

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) provide a number of resources for drivers and fleet owners that explain the changes in the Hours of Service (HOS) regulations.  This publication provides a number of examples of hours of service reporting.  Some examples show reports with no violations and other demonstrate how violations are determined.

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