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The new 2020 Hours of Service (HOS) changes from the FMCSA go live on September 29. Are you sweating yet? If not, maybe you should be. HOS violations are already the top out-of-service violation category for truck drivers because of both the risk and the sheer complexity (madness?) of the rules. You can’t afford to have drivers go out-of-service because you didn’t train them. You need a training plan. 

Two Online HOS Courses, a Webinar and a Poster

We’ve got your hours of service training covered four ways:

  1. We’ve just updated the PRO-TREAD Hours of Service course with the new regulations. 
  2. Get our new short course just about the 2020 HOS updates. We’re offering it as a free video if you’re not yet a client.
  3. Senior Training Consultant Roy Broomfield and I will be hosting a webinar and answering questions on Sept. 15. Sign up here.
  4. You get a free printable poster about the HOS changes if you register for the webinar or access the free video. 

If you’re not an ITI client yet, we’re making the 2020 Hours of Service Changes online course available free as a video. Sign up, and we’ll send you a link you can share with your drivers. We’ll even toss in our printable poster with the HOS changes. Unlike a training course, the free HOS video asks no questions and provides no evidence you trained a driver. 

If you’re an ITI client, you can assign either the long course or the short course online via Sentix. Clients, obviously, get real-time progress reports and access to training records. If you need help assigning either course, contact our Client Services team. They’ll get it assigned while you’re on the phone.

Why Should You Care About Hours of Service, Anyway?

Your drivers probably use ELDs, so why should you spend your valuable time training drivers on a few bureaucratic rule changes? Haven’t electronic logging devices made the “form-and-manner” penmanship violations a thing of the past? Here are a few reasons:

  • In CVSA’s 2018 International Roadcheck, HOS violations made up 43.7% of all driver out-of-service conditions, more than any other category.
  • ELDs aren’t a magic bullet. Of the top 20 violations found in over 2 million roadside inspections conducted in 2020, 5 were related to ELD issues.
  • Fines for HOS violations can easily add up to tens of thousands of dollars – for a single violation!
  • ATRI's Truck Crash Causation Study found Hours of Service violations increased future crash risks by 50%.
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Quick Overview of the New HOS Changes

This post has just some quick explanations. There’s two courses and a webinar we’d recommend more fully than just reading this. After all, if throwing a regulation book at people was the best way to train them, we wouldn’t be in business! 

The new rules pertain to:

  • Short haul
  • Sleeper berth 
  • 30-minute breaks
  • Adverse conditions

Short Haul:

The old rule limited drivers operating within 100 airmiles of their home base to 12 hours of on-duty status, and they did not have to keep HOS records. The new rule extends the range to 150 airmiles, and 14 hours of on-duty status, provided they have 10 hours off-duty (non-driving) status.

Sleeper Berth:

This one is like reading tax code, and we recommend showing up to the webinar for an explanation and examples. It’s well-explained in the HOS courses, too.

Before, drivers could split their 10-hour break into 8 hours in the sleeper and 2 hours off duty. But the shorter split counted against their 14-hour on-duty clock. Now they can split those 10 hours, and at least 7 consecutive hours must be in the sleeper, and at least 2 hours must be off duty. Neither split counts against their 14-hour on-duty clock. 

30 Minute Breaks

Before, a driver had to take a 30-minute off-duty break during the first 8 hours of driving or on-duty state. Now, they can take a 30-minute on-duty, non-driving break within the first 8 hours of driving (not necessarily on-duty status).

Adverse Driving Conditions

Under current rules, drivers could already extend their 11-hour driving window for 2 hours to 13 hours of driving time for unforeseen weather or traffic. But it did NOT extend their 14-hour on-duty hours. The new rule allows them to extend their driving time 2 hours as before, and also their 14-hour on-duty time to 16 hours. So now they can fit their 13 hours of driving into 16 hours of on-duty status to either “wait it out” or get to a safe place to park. 

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