Hours of Service Logs and 11-14 rule

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Fleet D.O.T. & Safety Compliance | Focused Information for the Property Carrying, NON-CDL  Straight Truck Carriers

In general, a CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business and is involved in interstate commerce and fits any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Crosses state boundaries
  • Your company transports out-of-state products picked up at the airport (yes, even if your trucks never leave the state.)

ELECTRONIC LOGGING DEVICE RULE EXEMPTION

Most drivers must follow these new  HOS Regulations, if they drive a commercial motor vehicle, or CMV.  However, Aug. 31st, 2016 FMSA made an exemption  for their Electronic Logging Device (ELD) ruling for a carrier whose drivers only need to complete 8 log sheets or less / month.

11-Hour Driving Limit

May drive a maximum of 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty.

14-Hour Limit

May not drive beyond the 14th consecutive hour after coming on duty, following 10 consecutive hours off duty. Off-duty time does not extend the 14-hour period.

Rest Breaks

Does not apply to drivers using either of the short-haul exceptions in 395.1(e). [49 CFR 397.5 mandatory “in attendance” time may be included in break if no other duties performed]

DotFleets Note:

To insure drivers will take preventive action when they find they cannot contine driving in a alert because of fatigue, always encourage your drivers to call their supervisor and work out a solution.  An extra night on the road is better than an accident on the road.

Later you can investigate reasons for your driver’s fatigue, even if the driver is within the 11-14 rule.

  • Physical exhaustion: driver misused their off-time before delivery day
  • Physical impairment: driver is stuggling with diabetes and more prone to exhaustion and difficulty maintaining their attention as a consequence.
  • Physical impairments and mental acuity problems because the driver is
  • Physical impairments because the driver has diabetes or is taking medications for some ailment which affects their ability to stay alert and they are failing to comply with the medication advisements, medication schedule.
  • Failure to following diet restrictions.
  • others reasons you might know of, please put in the comments. Thanks

Work with your team.  Make effort with your time to discover the cause(s).  Work through your management team to design a corrective action for the benefit of the company mission and those who keeping it alive and on course.

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Never Leaves the State – Do I Need a USDOT Number?

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A carrier who picks up product at the airport and never leaves their state asks, Do I Need a USDOT Number?

dotnumbersvanThe answer is yes.  As an added plus you, as a carrier, will be guided to set standards for yourself and your team which help make your participation in the marketplace more successful.  How?  You drivers and products will get from A to B more often, without injury or accident injuring others.

Companies operating commercial vehicles which transport passengers or haul cargo in interstate commerce must be registered with the FMCSA and must have a USDOT Number. Also, commercial intrastate hazardous materials carriers who haul quantities requiring a safety permit must register for a USDOT Number.

The USDOT Number serves as a unique identifier when collecting and monitoring a company’s safety information acquired during audits, compliance reviews, crash investigations, and inspections.

I am still not clear about why I need to  Register for a  US DOT Number?

You are required to obtain a USDOT number if you have a vehicle that . . .

  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating, or gross vehicle weight or gross combination weight, of 4,536 kg (10,001 pounds) or more, whichever is greater; or
  • Is designed or used to transport more than 8 passengers (including the driver) for compensation; orstraighttruckdotnumber
  • Is designed or used to transport more than 15 passengers, including the driver, and is not used to transport passengers for compensation; or
  • Is used in transporting material found by the Secretary of Transportation to be hazardous and transported in a quantity requiring placarding.

AND is involved in Interstate commerce:

Trade, traffic, or transportation in the United States—

  • Between a place in a State and a place outside of such State (including a place outside of the United States);
  • Between two places in a State through another State or a place outside of the United States; or
  • Between two places in a State as part of trade, traffic, or transportation originating or terminating outside the State or the United States.  

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above in both the green and orange/red areas, you are a carrier who is required by FMCSA to obtain US DOT Number.

DOTFleets Note:

Some carriers think they are not required to register for a DOT number because their trucks only pick up product at the airport and deliver only within the their state, intrastate carriers.  However, if they pick up product that originated outside of their state they are INTERSTATE CARRIERS according to the last provision in red

Still confused?  Call up your local state DOT office and ask this simple question, “If I pick up interstate product at the airport and my trucks are alway within our state, am I required to register for a DOT number?

How to Comply with Federal Regulations

It is the responsibility of motor carrier operators and drivers to know and comply with all applicable Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Safety compliance and safe operations translate into saved lives and property.  We believe the information in this package, when effectively applied, will contribute to safer motor carrier operations and highways.

Some States Require Carriers Register With DOT Number 
Click Here to see if your state is on of them.