By now, many of you have heard of what’s being dubbed a language “loophole” where verbiage incorporated by Congress into the FAST ACT highway bill essentially (and seemingly unintentionally) nullifies the restart provision of Hours of Service (HOS). What do you need to know?
Hours of Service violations, and the FMCSA fines associated with those violations, are among the biggest issues facing the transportation industry today. In a time when operational costs are expensive enough, the additional burden of Hours of Service fines can destroy any remaining profits fleets may have. In an effort to show how much of an impact this has on the trucking industry, Omnitracs has launched a clock showing the dollar amount of HOS violations in real time. This clock, which is hosted on the Electronic Logging Device educational site, eldfacts.com, displays a running view of the total dollar amount of HOS violation penalties collected.
Running short haul and worried about how Hours of Service rules and the ELD mandate apply to you?
Let’s take a look at the short haul exemption and clear up your questions. Are you exempt from using ELDs?
According to language in the Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, if you’re running short haul, you’re not required to maintain a RODS and, therefore, won’t need to log your hours with an ELD.
A white out at Vail Pass. A 20-car pile-up on Chicago’s I-55. Try as you might, it’s hard to prepare for the unexpected. The good news is there are provisions in place to help you out when something does come up. Namely, Hours of Service exemptions relating to adverse conditions.
What exactly are adverse conditions—and how can you use HOS exemptions appropriately?
We’ll explain what you need to know.