Hauling Medical Hazmat - Possible Hours Of Service Issues?

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Eddie F.'s Comment
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Hi folks,

I was recently offered a job to be a Hazmat driver for a medical courier company. I would keep the company vehicle (an SUV) at my place, drive to the airport to pick up the cargo (which includes radioactive (!!) materials for deliveries to medical facilities. They told me that the radioactive stuff is packed in lead containers, so as to minimize leakage (I hope that makes it safe!)

I would be required to keep a logbook. I would have to leave at 3:30 AM for a 6:00 pickup at the airport, and might not return home until around 3:00 or 4:00 PM. I'm thinking I might run into Hours of Service issues here (more than 11 hours drive time) - assuming I start the log at the time I leave my place.

Please let me know your thoughts on these questions. Thanks.


A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.


Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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