Question For California Ag Drivers. 28 Day Rule And 112 Hr Reset.

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VictoriaIsland's Comment
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Having a hard time finding a clear answer to two Hours of Service questions I have.

First. when driving under the 112 hours in 8 days rule (the ag exemption for drivers hauling from field to plant), What is the off duty time to reset? Is it a 34hr reset or a 24hr reset?

Second. What is the 28 day rule regarding the above ag exemption allowing you to driver 112/8? I have found this in the FMCSA rules but I just do not understand exactly what it means. I was thinking maybe you can not do 112/8 for more than 28 days straight without doing some kind of off duty reset? If so how much off duty do you need to reset it. If that is even what that is. I am trying to understand what the 28 day thing is, if someone could break it down for me I would appreciate it.

Thanks.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

Fm:

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

PackRat's Comment
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I can't answer your question, but for clarity, I would call OOIDA. The professionals there will have an answer for you.

I can't think of anybody here on the site that hauls agricultural products and falls under the exemption.

OOIDA:

Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association

Who They Are

OOIDA is an international trade association representing the interests of independent owner-operators and professional drivers on all issues that affect truckers. The over 150,000 members of OOIDA are men and women in all 50 states and Canada who collectively own and/or operate more than 240,000 individual heavy-duty trucks and small truck fleets.

Their Mission

The mission of OOIDA is to serve owner-operators, small fleets and professional truckers; to work for a business climate where truckers are treated equally and fairly; to promote highway safety and responsibility among all highway users; and to promote a better business climate and efficiency for all truck operators.

PackRat's Comment
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Another option I just thought about would be to talk to the officers at a scale house weigh station, if you have one close to your location.

A California DOT law enforcement officer should have the answer, I would hope.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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