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FEDERAL HOURS OF SERVICE
LOG BOOKS AND HOURS OF SERVICE TRAINING
Commercial Drivers License
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
(FMCSA), a branch of the Department of Transportation
(DOT), has rules/laws that regulate how many hours a
driver of a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) is allowed
to operate/drive. The objective behind these rules,
known as Hours of Service for Drivers, is to help
eliminate in CMV drivers the type of drowsiness that can
lead to crashes. HOS rules were first enacted in 1937
and have since been modified as new studies and
information is gathered about fatigue in drivers. It is
the sole
responsibility of the driver to comply with all
Hours of Services rules. Ignorance is no excuse.
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Did you know? The
State of California also has
Hour of Service for Drivers
rules and regulations. To
learn more, visit:
California
Highway Patrol
ELECTRONIC LOGGING DEVICE
HOURS OF SERVICE FOR DRIVERS
Learn what is the ELD rule and how technology is changing safety in the
transportation industry.
Simply stated, Hours of Service for Drivers regulations dictate how many hours a driver is allowed to
be behind-the-wheel of a vehicle (driving) and how many hours that individual is allowed to be on
shift (on duty). Drivers would normally record these hours in a log book; however, a new mandate
requires interstate motor carriers to be equipped with Electronic Logging Devices (ELD). ELDs
synchronize with a vehicle engine to automatically record driving time, for easier, and more accurate
Hours of Service recording. If necessary, data from a driver's ELD can be transferred to safety officials
in the field. If a driver is found to be out of compliance with the rules, a citation may be issued or the
driver may be placed out-of-service (not allowed to drive).