HOS Rules And Regs

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Scott K.'s Comment
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Trying to understand these HOS Rules. Is it correct that you are paid for ALL time waiting at a shipper/receiver to be loaded/unloaded??? As long as you are not in the sleeper berth?? How is your company going to know the difference?????

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Sleeper Berth:

The portion of the tractor behind the seats which acts as the "living space" for the driver. It generally contains a bed (or bunk beds), cabinets, lights, temperature control knobs, and 12 volt plugs for power.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Trying to understand these HOS Rules. Is it correct that you are paid for ALL time waiting at a shipper/receiver to be loaded/unloaded??? As long as you are not in the sleeper berth?? How is your company going to know the difference?????

Maybe if you are hourly. If you are paid by the mile, you may get detention pay and load/unload pay, but I've not seen any companies offering pay for the entire time other than hourly jobs.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Sleeper Berth:

The portion of the tractor behind the seats which acts as the "living space" for the driver. It generally contains a bed (or bunk beds), cabinets, lights, temperature control knobs, and 12 volt plugs for power.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rainy D.'s Comment
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I get paid detention 2 hours after my appointment time. each customer pays a different rate.

it doesnt matter if im off duty or in sleeper so yes i get paid to sleep.

Old School's Comment
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Getting paid while waiting at a shipper/receiver really has nothing to do with HOS rules or regulations. It would be related to your company's policies and/or contractual agreements between them and the individual customers they serve.

Typically this business is "performance based," which means you get paid for getting things accomplished. Every driver I've ever come across who gets focused on waiting, and worrying about getting paid while doing nothing, is typically miserable in their career. The drivers I meet who are focused on productivity seem to figure out how to avoid lengthy wait times, or in the unusual event that they get tied up waiting, they work it to their advantage with their understanding of the HOS rules by splitting their sleeper berth hours or taking full advantage of resetting their clock.

Understanding the HOS rules is imperative to success, but those rules don't provide a way for you to be paid just because you're on duty or not.

Learn The Logbook Rules (HOS)

Also, it's important to understand the proper ways of communicating your status with your dispatcher. Each company has their own policy concerning detention pay. You may be entitled to it after a certain amount of delay, but if you don't send in the proper macros to communicate what is going on, it will not trigger the proper message to payroll so that you receive that pay. Most of the time when I hear drivers complaining of not getting detention pay it turns out they didn't even take the proper steps to assure themselves of getting it.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Logbook:

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.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Sleeper Berth:

The portion of the tractor behind the seats which acts as the "living space" for the driver. It generally contains a bed (or bunk beds), cabinets, lights, temperature control knobs, and 12 volt plugs for power.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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