Take Control Over Your Hours-of-Service (HOS) Regulations
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Hours of Service (HOS) Regulations Are Serious
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has established Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations for commercial motor vehicle carriers and drivers to ensure they don’t drive for too many hours straight and to help reduce the occurrence of truck-related crashes due to fatigue.
Hours-of-Service violations are weighted more heavily due to their direct impact on road safety, driver health, and overall industry integrity. Violations of these regulations can lead to penalties for both the driver and the carrier — from fines to shut-down orders.
Don’t leave your HOS documentation up to chance. Our industry veterans at NTCI have the experience you need — so you never have to worry about compliance again.
Common HOS Violations
Driving Beyond the 11-Hour Limit
The rule generally states that property-carrying drivers may drive a maximum of 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty.
14-Hour Rule Violation
This rule generally prevents property-carrying drivers from driving beyond the 14th consecutive hour after coming on duty. Rest periods do not extend this 14-hour window.
Rest Break Violation
A driver must take a 30-minute rest break after 8 cumulative hours of driving time.
Driving Beyond the 70-Hour/8-Day Limit
This rule restricts drivers from driving after accumulating 70 hours of on-duty time over an 8-day period.
Logbook Not Current
Drivers must keep their record of duty status (RODS) current to the last change of duty status.
Form and Manner Violations
This pertains to incorrectly filled-out log sheets or electronic logging device (ELD) records.
This is when drivers provide inaccurate information in their logbook or ELD, often to hide HOS violations.
Driving After Being on Duty for 60/70 Hours in 7/8 Consecutive Days
Similar to the 70-hour/8-day limit but applies to a 60-hour/7-day limit for companies that don’t operate every day of the week.
Failing to Retain the Previous 7 Days of Logs
Drivers are required to have in their possession the record of duty status for the current day and the past 7 days.
Not Having an ELD When Required
Most trucks manufactured after the year 2000 are required to have an Electronic Logging Device (ELD) unless they meet certain exemptions.
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Failure to Comply with HOS Regulations Can Be Costly
Because HOS violations are weighted heavily, violations have serious consequences. From safety issues to penalties and fines, HOS violations have the power to destroy your bottom line or even close your doors for good.
J.B. Hunt agreed to pay over $6 million to settle allegations of HOS violations and other safety-related issues. The allegations included allowing drivers to falsify their logbooks and exceeding driving hours. (2014)
FedEx Ground reached a settlement of $3.4 million with the FMCSA over allegations of HOS violations. The FMCSA had accused FedEx Ground of allowing its drivers to operate in excess of HOS limits and failing to maintain accurate records. (2019)
Con-Way Freight agreed to pay $3 million to settle allegations of hours-of-service violations. The company was accused of pressuring drivers to violate hours of service regulations to meet delivery schedules. (2015)
Why are HOS violations weighted more heavily?
Driver Fatigue and Safety
Level Playing Field
Driver Health and Well-Being
Prevention of Falsification
Avoiding Litigation and Liability
NTCI Consultant Tip:
“California closely abides by the Federal regulations, but has a few additional requirements. Hours of service, 90/45 day periodic maintenance inspections, terminal inspections, motor carrier permits, and driver qualifications may seem daunting, but once in compliance with the California requirements, Federal compliance will be easy.”
– Jason Lamborne, Senior Safety Consultant
Protect Your Drivers and Your Business With HOS Mock Audits From NTCI
An HOS mock audit from NTCI is a thorough examination of a commercial motor carrier’s paper and electronic logs. The extent of this type of focused audit may include the review of one or more of the following records:
- Trip Sheets
- Bill of Lading
- Mileage Reports
- Toll Receipts
- Scale Receipts
- Fuel Card Reports
Our consultants have an average of 20+ years of motor carrier law enforcement experience, and we help you navigate the complexities of HOS regulations as they relate to your business. Our goal is to verify that drivers and carriers are adhering to the prescribed limits on driving hours and mandatory rest breaks to promote road safety, prevent driver fatigue, and avoid serious consequences.
What’s Included in an HOS Mock Audit
Recordkeeping and Documentation
Hours of Service Compliance
A comparison of recorded hours of service against the applicable regulations to identify any instances of non-compliance, such as exceeding driving hours, failing to take required rest breaks, or operating without proper rest periods
Rest Breaks and Off-Duty Time
Driver Qualification Files
Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs)
Driver Duty Status Changes
Falsification and Accuracy
Corrective Actions and Penalties
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