New HOS Rules Being Implemented Next Week: Can Someone, Anyone Explain It In Simple Terms?

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Cincybeerhawk's Comment
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It is my understanding that new ‘hours of service’ rules will be in place beginning September 29 (next Tuesday). I anticipate that my first (and hopefully only) role in the industry will be driving regionally for a central Ohio flatbed company. Can someone please explain to me (and to all the other FNGs) how these new rules will impact us. Will things be better or worse (translate that as ‘will we be able to make more money than in the past?’).

Thanks in advance for the responses.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

PackRat's Comment
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Are you still in CDL school?

If so, this should be gone over some there and a lot more with a trainer.

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.
Cincybeerhawk's Comment
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Are you still in CDL school?

If so, this should be gone over some there and a lot more with a trainer.

No, Sir. I completed the classroom portion of the school in late July. There was no mention made or attention given to the implementation of new HOS rules. I only learned about the new conditions when I stumbled upon a YouTube video on the subject. The video was clearly presented, however without a thorough understanding of the the laws I was a bit overwhelmed, hence my introduction of a topic on the subject.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rob T.'s Comment
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Until we start running the HOS it's hard to say for sure if you'll make more money but it'll make it much more flexible for sure.

In my job, the only nights I'm not home are typically due to sitting at a shipper too long for my return load back to the DC. The new HOS will basically give me an additional 3 hours (if I take a sleeper that day) to make it back if I am delayed that much at a shipper. It will be beneficial to OTR drivers that are coming up on an accident, rush hour traffic or heavy rain they can just pull off for 3 hours and have their 14 hour clock paused.

What I like most is the 30 minute break being satisfied "ON DUTY". You're able to satisfy your break now while fueling or for flatbedders strapping and tapping. Once you're with a trainer and see how the hours count down and come back on your ELD you'll understand it much better.

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Cincybeerhawk's Comment
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Thanks, Rob T. It’s great to know that not only will I have a trainer in the truck, I’ll also have access to many, many trainers on here....now I just gotta pass the road test....

Greg M.'s Comment
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I wouldn't worry too much about the HOS changes. What you learned in school will keep you legal.

Main changes are making the split sleeper berth option a little more flexible. Many drivers never use the option anyway. Also the 30 minute break no longer needs to be off duty, can be anything other than driving.

By the time you start driving the ELD manufacturers should have their systems updated with the changes.

HOS seem confusing until you start using it then it is pretty simple.

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.
Yuuyo Y.'s Comment
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What I like most is the 30 minute break being satisfied "ON DUTY". You're able to satisfy your break now while fueling or for flatbedders strapping and tapping. Once you're with a trainer and see how the hours count down and come back on your ELD you'll understand it much better.

This is my favourite part for obvious reasons

Jason G.'s Comment
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If you’re doing 8/2 splits you’ll now be able to do 7/3 as well.

PJ's Comment
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Peoplenet started sending out the updates yesterday. It tied my device up for about 30 minutes and required me to accept the install twice. Not sure what that was about. They say they will turn it on tuesday.

Last update several months ago made the thing glitch for about 2 months. Gotta love technology.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

PackRat's Comment
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Oh yes. My PN has been acting squirrelly for the past three days, too.

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