Hours of Service (FMCSR Part 395)
As an owner of commercial motor vehicles, you have a lot of responsibility as you or your drivers drive down the road. The biggest concern is safety. This brings us to the main reason for the hours-of-service regulations – to keep fatigued drivers off the public roadways. These regulations put limits in place for when and how long drivers may drive, to ensure that they stay awake and alert while driving, to prevent the possibility of accidents caused by driver fatigue.
A driver must have and maintain a logbook, or have detailed time records such as time cards maintained at the principle place of business. This rule also applies to owner-operators.
Property Carrier HOS Rules:
Any driver operating a property-carrying commercial motor vehicle may not:
No motor carrier shall permit any driver to operate a property-carrying commercial motor vehicle after:
The Short-Haul Operation exempts drivers of commercial motor vehicles from the requirement to maintain a logbook provided that they:
The Short-Haul Operation exempts drivers of commercial motor vehicles which do not require a CDL to operate from the requirement to maintain a logbook provided that they:
To claim either short haul exemption, employers must retain accurate time records for a period of six months showing the time the duty period began, ended and total hours on-duty each day in place of logbooks.
Passenger Carrier HOS Rules:
Drivers of passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicles, may not drive:
No motor carrier shall permit any driver to operate a passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicle after:
Related Federal Regulations
The hours of service rules apply to all driver's of commercial motor vehicles. However, many exemptions from all or part of this regulation exist and are outlned in Part 395.1 of the FMCSRs.
Log Book Requirements and Retention (FMCSR Part 395.8)
Property Carrier Hours of Service Rules (FMCSR Part 395.3)
Passenger Carrier Hours of Service Rules (FMCSR Part 395.5)
Intrastate Commerce Exemptions
Colorado Adoptions (42-4-235(4)(a) C.R.S.)
Part 395 has been adopted for intrastate carriers with the following modifications:
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