DOT: Hours of Service

Commercial motor vehicle operators


Expected Duration
38 minutes

The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a revised Hours of Service order in 2012. The effective compliance date of selective provisions was July 1, 2013. Drivers are now limited to 70 hours of driving time per eight-day period. Commercial motor vehicle operators need to be aware of the new driving rules, documentation requirements, and penalties for noncompliance.
Hours of Service was developed with subject matter support provided by EnSafe Inc., a global professional services company focusing on engineering, environment, health and safety, and information technology.


HOS Regulations

  • identify who must comply with HOS regulations
  • specify how the three maximum duty limits impact how you spend your time on duty
  • recognize HOS provisions
  • match examples of what each exception allows you to do to the exception
  • recall what needs to be reported in your driver’s daily log





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