What is Hours of Service? (HOS)
Hours of Service are regulations for Truck & Bus Drivers that help avoid accidents caused by Driver Fatigue, these rules include a set Driving Time and Mandatory Rest Periods.
When do Hours Of Service Regulations Apply?
They apply for any driver and any company that has a Truck or a Bus, the company must enforce the rules and the Driver must abide by them. These rules limit daily and weekly hours spent driving and working, which in return prevents Drivers from getting tired while on the road.
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What is Hours Of Service Violation?
If there is any sort of discrepancy, drivers can be put into “Out Of Service”, until the driver accumulates enough time off-duty to be back in Compliance. Repeated HOS violations can result in fines between $1000-$11,000 dollars and will affect the Motor Carrier’s Safety Rating.
Some HOS violators have even gotten probation, fined $25,000 and even gone to prison for disobeying the Hours Of Service.
NOTE: HOS Violations are recorded and reported to the company.
Who Enforces Hours Of Service Regulations?
Usually HOS Enforcement is handled by DOT Officers and in some cases, weigh Stations. However, any normal Police Officer can also enforce these rules.
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