WHAT IS HOURS OF SERVICE?
Hours of service is a regulation which states that the drivers and truckers can only work for a certain number of hours each day or a week or some other period. This is mandated by mainly the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in the United States.
HOW DOES HOURS OF SERVICE WORK?
According to the regulations outlined by the FMCSA, here is a breakdown of the hour of service rules for property-carrying drivers:
11-Hour Driving Limit
The driver is eligible to drive a maximum of 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty.
This allows the driver 14 consecutive hours in which to drive up to 11 hours (after logging at least 10 off-duty hours)
The driver may not drive more than eight consecutive hours without a 30-minute rest break.
This “weekly limit” prohibits drivers from being on-duty for more than 60 hours during any 7-day (consecutive) period, or more than 70 hours in a 8-day (consecutive) period.
WHO MUST FOLLOW HOURS OF SERVICE REGULATIONS?
If you are engaging in interstate commerce and the following:
- Your truck weighs more than 10,000 lbs
- Your truck has a gross vehicle weight rating/gross combination weight rating of more than 10,000 lbs or
- Your truck is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity that requires placards
Driver fatigue is the most common cause of truck accidents. Medical professionals and work safety analysts found a way to statistically reduce accidents on the road by mandating break periods and limiting driving time.
The HOS controls have existed for decades in preventing approximately 1,400 crashes and 560 injuries, and saving 19 lives each year based on a study conducted in 2013.
HOURS OF SERVICE HISTORY
|Year Enforced||Driving Hours||On-Duty Hours||Off-Duty Hours||Min Duty Cycle||Max Hours On-Duty Before 30 Min Break|
HOURS OF SERVICE REACTION
Hours of Service laws have had a history of causing a burden on truck drivers and fleet owners. While they are meant to keep drivers off the road when fatigue is likely to set in, it puts many trucking companies in a pinch regarding how they operate their business. The top issued voiced by trucking companies consist of:
- Drivers exceeding the speed limit to race against the 14-hour rule
- Dealing with the available hours after traffic and inclement weather
- Waiting for a receiver to unload the trailer – utilizing hours of possible drive-time from their day
- Finding a close, safe place to park in order to get the required 10 hours of off-duty time
Many suggest a fix by lengthening the 14-hour limit or possibly incorporating a “pause button” during delay instances experienced on a regular basis.
Steelhead Factoring offers more flexibility when it comes to rate and advances. This means more money in your pocket on the front end. Cash flow is vital and we want to make sure you have the ability to operate your business in the most optimal way.
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Receive some of the top discounts in the industry! You will also be able to manage your fleet’s fuel expenditures with Steelhead’s Cost Plus Platinum EFS Fuel Card. This card is universally accepted for fuel and repairs at most major truck stops that include AmBest, Flying J, Pilot, Petro, Love’s, TA, and many others. You’ll be able to see real-time discounts while you’re on the road.
Load Board Access
Keep your business moving and stay loaded with freight from trusted brokers and shippers. When you partner with Steelhead Factoring you’ll be able to get your first 30 day usage for free. It’s time to make finding quality loads quick and easy.
Utilize our easy-to-use FTS discount program to save on all your trucking needs.
Steelhead Factoring can take the stress, headache, and time out of getting your trucking company on the road. We can simplify the whole setup process or just one component such as the UCR or BOC-3 for you.
Save time and money using our 24/7 Online Credit Checking allowing you to make informed credit decisions on potential customers at any time you need without being limited to business hours.
Gold Broker List
Steelhead provides access to a list of pre-qualified brokers to work with. A quality freight broker may be the most versatile component in your arsenal of freight service vendors.
If you’d like to see what Steelhead Factoring can do for your trucking company, give us a call (800.727.3377) and we’d be happy to put together a custom program for you.
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An ELD is a DOT-certified electronic component that connects to the engine of a vehicle in order to record driving Hours of Service (HOS) when the vehicle is in motion.
Who is required to have an ELD connected to the truck?
All CDL drivers are required to keep a Record of Duty Status (RODS) are now required to utilize an ELD to document their compliance with the HOS rules according to the ELD Mandate.
Who is exempt from the ELD Mandate?
Drivers conducting driveaway tow-away operations are exempt (vehicle being driven must be the commodity being delivered).
CDL drivers are exempt from logs and 30-minute breaks if they:
- Stay within a 100 air-mile radius of base
- Return to home base at the end of each day
- Drive no more than 11 hours in a 12-hour span (after a minimum of 10 hours off duty)
- Do not exceed more than 8 days out of any 30-day period
Non-CDL drivers are exempt if they:
- Stay within a 150 air-mile radius of base
- Return to home base each day
- For 2 of 7 days – drive no more than 11 hours in a 16-hour span after a minimum of 10 hours off duty
- For 5 of 7 days – drive no more than 11 hours in a 14-hour span after a minimum of 10 hours off duty
- Do not exceed more than 8 days out of any 30-day period
Rental CMVs are exempt for a period of 8 days or fewer of a 30-day period
Operations of any model-year truck that is older than 2000 are exempt. This is based on the VIN.
How much does an ELD cost?
There are numerous ELD providers that offer different services and range in price. You will typically find pricing on these different applications ranging from $99 to $840 per year per truck.
Utilizing applications from your smart phone or tablet have reduced the cost of operating necessary logging and recording that once required fixed hardware inside the truck.
Steelhead Factoring will cover the cost of your first year when you get set up for factoring. Find out how you can get your ELD set up for FREE.
Do I need an ELD if I only run intrastate?
Different states have adopted the federal electronic logging device regulations at a different rate.
Blue states indicated to Overdrive they’d already adopted or would soon adopt the ELD mandate for in-state-only truckers on the same enforcement timeline as the federal rule.
Yellow states indicated a timeline was not yet known for adoption or state official had yet to respond.
Red states have formally adopted a relaxed timeline for their intrastate ELD mandates.