Questions About Relaxed HOS

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Amber L.'s Comment
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So if you're hauling a relief load you don't have to abide by the rules just be safe is what I understand.

Then if you have exhausted your 70hr clock and haul a relief load beyond that then go to haul a non relief load do you need to take a 34first?

I was also told if you're hauling relief loads you must take a 10hr break between loads?

Thanks for you're help understanding!

Rob T.'s Comment
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CDL life published an article that included frequently asked questions regarding the Emergency declaration. If the load you're hauling is declared emergency relief the hours worked do not count against you. In the last 7 days I have worked over 80 hours with 74 driving/On Duty and work 2 more days. My company wants us to log as normal but include comments that our load is emergency restocking. Although my logs show I'm in violation for going over my 70 in reality I'm far from it. I deliver to grocery stores and could hypothetically drive 800 miles in 16 hours in a single shift as long as I take 10 hours off before my next load AND I'm not fatigued. The best course of action is seek advice from your company how they want it logged. Packrat said that his company WILL NOT allow drivers to take advantage of the HOS waiver. If you haul a relief load your hours will be the exact same as when you began the load.

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Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

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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

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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.

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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.

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Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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