Upcoming Hours Of Service Changes

Current Effective Date: July 1, 2013

Mandatory Rest Break Change
  1. A driver may not drive if it has been more than 8 hours since his last off duty break of at least 30 minutes.
  2. This break may be off duty, sleeper berth or a combination of the two.
  3. In order to be driving, a driver will now need to have hours available on his 11, 14, 70 and 8 hour clock. The Qualcomm will reflect this.
  4. The DOT clock visible to the driver will take into account this new mandatory break requirement and still advise the driver how much longer he may drive until taking a break.
  5. There will be warnings at 60, 30 and 15 minutes before the driver is in Mandatory Rest Break violation.
  6. This “8 hour clock” will reset every time a driver takes a 30 minute break.
  7. The time spent on the 30 minute break counts towards the driver’s 14 hour clock.
  8. Drivers may not perform any on-duty work, such as fueling, vehicle inspections, loading/unloading, during this break.

34 Hour Restart Changes
  1. Limited to 1 per week. Specifically, a driver may not take a restart until 168 hours has passed since the BEGINNING of the last restart.
  2. Must be a least 34 hours long AND include two consecutive periods of 1 am to 5 am (home terminal time zone).
  3. The restart will still be made up of off-duty and sleeper berth.
  4. The length of the restart will depend upon what time it is started.
  5. The “sweet spot” to begin a restart will be 7 pm to 1 am. Starting during this period will still limit the restart to just 34 hours.
  6. Starting the restart at any time other than 7 pm to 1 am will result in a longer restart in order to get the two 1 am to 5 am periods. For example, starting the restart at 3 pm will result in a 38 hour restart. Starting a restart at 2 am will result in a 51 hour restart.
  7. Notice that starting a restart at any time other than the 7 PM to 1 AM “sweet spot” will result in the restart ending at 5 AM.
  8. Just as now, completing a restart will return the driver’s available hours on his 70 to a full 70.
  9. The restart is still NEVER mandatory.
  10. A driver can still use his summary tab on the Qualcomm to determine if he has completed a restart and his 70 hour rule has returned to a full 70 hours remaining.

New Off Duty In A Moving Truck Warnings
  1. Drivers are limited to a maximum of 2 hours off duty in a moving truck. It must be right before and/or right after 8 consecutive hours in the sleeper berth. This rule went into effect February 27th, 2012.
  2. When the driver exceeds the two hour limit of off duty time in a moving truck, the driver will receive a log violation.
  3. New alerts will help the driver avoid violations concerning off duty in a moving truck.
  4. If the driver exceeds two hours of off duty in a moving truck after having been in the sleeper berth for 8 hours, the Qualcomm will automatically change the driver’s duty status to on duty, not driving (line 4).

Other Changes Made to the Qualcomm E-Log Screens
(These changes will only be for the MCP 200’s)
  1. “Note” is now renamed “Remarks”
  2. Drivers will be able to add up to 2 remarks for each duty status change or edit.
  3. The remarks will come from predefined lists for each duty status.
  4. Using the dropdown arrow reveals all available remarks.
  5. Drivers will be able to edit the remarks for the current duty status by tapping the “Remarks” button.

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