The inner workings of hours-of-service (HOS) rules can be beyond overwhelming. Between the tracking, the enforcing, and every little detail in between, staying compliant can become a demanding task. With new HOS rules, staying current on all the details and updates takes staying compliant to a whole new level.
As an example, you already know that the FMCSA established the hours of service rules to promote safety on the road by keeping drivers alert and awake. But did you know that non-compliance of HOS rules can cause drivers to go inactive or get stung with hefty fines that can be thousands of dollars?
On June 1, 2020, the FMCSA revised four major provisions of the HOS rules to provide flexibility without compromising driver safety. As of September 2020, motor carriers are required to comply with the new HOS rules, making it imperative to stay compliant with all hours-of-service rules — old and new — to keep your fleet on the road.
Did we mention the HOS exemptions and exceptions? Some vehicles or types of fleets may be exempt from the hours-of-service rules.
This is where the Motive HOS Guide comes in. The guide is a compilation of everything you need to know to stay compliant, safe, and more as a fleet manager or driver in the U.S.
The Motive HOS guide
The new guide captures every detail regarding hours of service, the rules, and changes, along with how and why you should stay compliant.
Here are some of the topics covered:
- What exactly are the HOS rules?
- How to calculate hours of service, and what tools can be used
- Penalties and common driver violations
- Hours-of-service exemptions and exceptions, including:
- 30-minute break
- 16-hour short-haul
- Adverse driving
- A look into HOS apps and tracking software
- Questions (and answers) asked frequently by fleet managers and drivers
Understanding these hours-of-service exemptions and rules will allow you to stay compliant and plan your operations more efficiently.