The purpose of the hours of service (HOS) regulations is to keep tired drivers off the road. After many hours behind the wheel, fatigue sets in, and it can lead to bad decisions and deadly crashes. For the safety of all drivers, compliance with the hours of service regulations has been required of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers since the 1930s.
This truck driver training course is designed to give drivers and carriers an overview of the FMCSA's hours of service rules and how to comply with them.
- The Hours of Service Rules for Property-Carrying CMV Drivers online course covers the following topics:
- Introduction to Hours of Service
- Who is Regulated?
- Impact on CSA BASIC Scores
- On-Duty and Off-Duty Time
- The Limits
- 14-Hour (on duty) Limit
- 11-Hour (driving) Limit
- 60-/70-Hour (on duty) Limit
- Mandatory Break Provision (8-hour driving limit)
- Ill or Fatigued Operator
- 34-Hour Restart Provision
- Trip Planning
- Record of Duty Status
- ELD Mandate
- Harassment or Coercion of Drivers Prohibited
- Required Components
- Frequently Used Exceptions
- After completing this course, learners will be able to:
- Recognize the purpose of the hours of service regulations and their impact on them
- Explain how to apply DOT hours of service regulations, including on-duty and driving limits and the 34-hour restart provision
- Describe how to keep track of their hours of service using an AOBRD, ELD, or paper logs
- Identify which, if any, exceptions to hours of service apply to them
- Intended Audience: Property-carrying CMV drivers and carriers
- Regs Covered: 49 CFR Part 395
- Length: 45 minutes
- Copyright Date: 2017
This course can be completed using a tablet device, such as an iPad or Android tablet. We do not recommend nor support using a mobile device with a screen size of less than seven inches, such as a smart phone.
To ensure full course functionality, your computer will need to meet or exceed the following requirements:
- Windows XP operating system, or later
- 128 MB of RAM
- Speakers or headphones, soundcard or on-board audio source
- Video card and monitor capable of a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels
- Internet Explorer 8.0 and higher for PC / Mozilla Firefox 19 and higher for PC / Google Chrome 25 or higher for PC. If using a Mac desktop or laptop, Safari, Chrome and Firefox typically work, however it is advised you install the latest version of those browsers as well as the latest version of Flash.
- Pop-up blockers must be disabled
- Flash Player 10, however the latest version is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED
- Cookies must be allowed
- Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0 or higher
- Minimum bandwidth availability of 1.5 Mbps. 3.0 Mbps or higher recommended.