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Starting July 1st 2013 there will be changes to the hours of service regulations for commercial truck drivers. These changes will affect all drivers regardless of whether they are a local, regional, or over the road driver. Below are the changes that will take affect July 1st.
Change #1: The mandatory break
Starting July 1st ALL commercial drivers will not be permitted to drive if 8 hours have passed since their last break of 30 minutes or more. This has to be an actual off duty break, logged as off duty (line 1).
As example, if you start your day at 6:00am, you may not drive after 2:00pm if you have not had a ½ break of off duty time. If you start your day at 6:00am, take a ½ hour break at 9:00am, if you will be utilizing a full 14 hour day, you will not be able to drive after 5:00pm without another ½ hour break.
Change #2: The 34hr reset-
Effective July 1st in order for a driver to reset his/her weekly hours (70/8 days) with a 34 hour reset, this period now must include two consecutive periods of 1am-5am in order for it to count as a reset. This means that if you start your reset at 5:00pm on a Friday, your hours will reset at 5:00am on Sunday morning. This is 36 total hours, but in order to get two periods of 1am-5am, the reset would start at 5:00am on Sunday Morning. This reset can only be used once in a 168 hr period (7days) in order for it to count as a reset.
Note: If you opt to not take a reset, make sure you are up to date on your Re-Cap. If you are on E-Logs, watch your hours available for the next day. If you did not get an actual reset of your hours for the week, count your 7 days on duty hours, subtract it from 70 and this will tell you how many you have available the next day.
Nu-Way Transportation expects all drivers to drive in accordance with the Federal Hours of Service guidelines. As the rules change it is imperative that all drivers have a good understanding of the changing regulations. Feel free to peruse the additional log book examples at www.fmcsa.dot.gov.
When: June 4-6, 2013
Last year Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) conducted a record 74,072 truck and bus inspections during the 25th Annual Roadcheck, a commercial vehicle safety enforcement and outreach event. Of those inspections, 48,815 were North American Standard Level 1 inspections - the most comprehensive roadside inspection, of which 22.4 percent of vehicles and 3.9 percent of drivers were placed out of service (OOS). These vehicle and driver OOS rates for Level 1 inspections represent the second lowest achieved in 25 years, continuing its successful historic trend downward. For comparison, in 1991 (the first year comprehensive data were available,) the Level 1 OOS rates were 34.8 percent for vehicles and 5.6 percent for drivers.
Roadcheck 2012 took place June 5th through 7th, with an average of more than 1,000 trucks or buses inspected every hour during the 72-hour campaign. The United States, Canada and Mexico participated with inspections occurring either at fixed or temporary inspection locations. Inspections included an examination of driver license and credentials, proper and complete records of duty status, safety belt use, driving behaviors and other driver safety conditions. Vehicles were examined for proper brake system maintenance, tire condition, function of lighting systems, properly secured loads, and other vehicle condition related violations. The annual three-day Roadcheck event has resulted in the inspection of over 1.2 million vehicles since it began in 1988 and gives enforcement, industry and academia an eye on inspection trends from year to year. Meanwhile, enforcement agencies across North America conduct commercial vehicle inspections every day, with approximately 4 million inspections completed in 2011.
The 74,072 inspections conducted during Roadcheck 2012 included 652 inspections of passenger carrying vehicles and 4,826 inspections of vehicles carrying hazardous materials. Of passenger carrying vehicles inspected, 8.6 percent of vehicles and 2.5 percent of drivers were placed out of service. Of vehicles carrying hazardous materials, 15.6 percent of vehicles and 2.3 percent of drivers were placed out of service. Approximately 27,000 CVSA Decals were issued during Roadcheck 2012 to vehicles that were found to be without violations in the critical inspection items.
For more on CVSA, visit www.cvsa.org.
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