DOT Hours of Service Compliance

SKU: C-1045Duration: 58 Minutes

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Language:  English

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Course Details


Training Time: 58 minutes

Compatibility: Desktop, Tablet, Phone

Based on: 49 CFR Part 395

Languages: English

The goal of the FMCSA Hours of Service (HOS) regulations is to improve public safety by keeping fatigued commercial motor vehicle drivers off the roads. These regulations apply to motor carriers and CMV drivers who engage in interstate commerce, and they are designed to ensure that drivers have enough time off to get the rest they need on a daily and weekly basis. The HOS rules are necessary because people are not good at judging their own drowsiness. They have been revised several times as our understanding of fatigue improves.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • State the goal of the FMCSA's Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations
  • State the definition of commercial motor vehicle
  • Identify CMV drivers who are exempt from HOS regulations
  • Describe the four possible duty statuses
  • Identify the responsibilities of CMV drivers and motor carriers
  • Describe the HOS rules for property-carrying and passenger-carrying CMV drivers
  • Describe the four acceptable HOS recording methods
  • Describe the information that is required on Records of Duty Statuses (RODS)
  • Describe common exceptions to the HOS rules

Key Questions

The following key questions are answered in this module:

Do property-carrying and passenger-carrying CMV drivers have different hours-of-service rules?
Yes, there are several differences, including the requirement that property-carrying CMV drivers take a 30 minute break while on duty, which does not apply to passenger-carrying CMV drivers.

What hours are counted as "On-duty/not driving"?
This includes any time a driver is participating in non-driving job-related activities for the carrier, whether paid or not, and also any time they are doing any type of paid work for anyone else.

Do Federal hours-of-service rules apply if a driver is transporting goods within a single state?
Federal HOS rules apply if the cargo has traveled through or will travel to another State or country. If the cargo stays within one State, State HOS rules still apply.

How many logsheets must a CMV driver keep in their vehicle?
A driver's current Record of duty status (RODS), or logsheet, and RODS for the past 7 days must be available for inspection at all times, unless they are exempt.

How long does a motor carrier need to maintain their drivers' Records of duty status?
RODS and all supporting documents must be maintained at the carrier's principal place of business for a minimum of 6 months.

Sample Video Transcript

Below is a transcript of the video sample provided for this module:

In general, any driver of a CMV who is subject to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) is subject to Federal hours-of-service (HOS) regulations. However, there are exceptions, including the following: • Drivers for local, State, and Federal governmental agencies, drivers transporting their own personal property, drivers of fire trucks and rescue vehicles involved in emergency operations, and a few others, are exempt from HOS rules at all times. • If a driver is operating a CMV for strictly personal reasons, unrelated to their job, HOS rules do not apply. This is sometimes referred to as "personal conveyance."

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