Hours of Service Rules, Importance, and Penalties

Guidelines from the DOT

As a driver new to the industry, or as someone considering getting a CDL, there are some important things to know about the time you can spend on the road driving. The Department of Transport determines the number of hours truck drivers may accumulate per day and week on the road. The rules are to ensure the safety of the truckers and other road users.

There’s a limit as to how long a driver may be on the road to ensure they get sufficient rest. The rules can sometimes be a little complicated and confusing. Breaking them down according to categories can help you understand them.

Some of the hours-of-service rule guidelines

  • Your last legal reset is when your workweek begins. For example, if you started at 8 a.m. Tuesday, your 168-hour workweek ends on Tuesday at 8 a.m. the following week.
  • Every duty period starts after a 10-hour off.
  • Truck drivers may not work for more than 60 hours in seven days.
  • It is not possible to extend the 14-hour duty period using off duty time for fueling, meals, and breaks.
  • Following a 10-hour off duty period, the truck drivers can be on duty for up to 14 hours. But there’s a limit of 11 hours driving time.
  • A 30-minute break is mandatory within 8 hours after coming on duty.

Some of the penalties for violating hours-of-service rule guidelines

  • Depending on the severity of the violation, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration can levy fines of between $1,000 and $11,000.
  • The law enforcement officers can place you on shutdown by the roadside until you accumulate the recommended rest hours.

At HMTT, our CDL training program will cover the Hours-of-service rules in more detail. You can ensure your safety, the safety of others on the road, and avoid the hefty fines associated with violating the rules. Ignorance is no defense and our comprehensive training program can equip you with the knowledge and skills to abide by the rules.

The right training makes all the difference for a long, successful career! Enroll today and learn all about HOS rules. Call 651-528-8994 or submit the form on this page!