The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Road check will take place June 5-7, 2018. Over that 72-hour period, commercial motor vehicle inspectors in jurisdictions throughout North America will conduct inspections of commercial motor vehicles and drivers. This year’s focus is on hours-of-service compliance. Here is a quick summary of the HOS rules:
11-Hour Driving Limit
May drive a maximum of 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty.
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.
May drive only if 8 hours or more have passed since end of driver’s last off-duty or sleeper berth period of at least 30 minutes. 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]
May not drive after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days. A driver may restart a 7/8 consecutive day period after taking 34 or more consecutive hours off duty.
There are approximately 4 million inspections conducted annually by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. There are eight levels of inspections ranging from the Level I Inspection, which evaluates both the driver and vehicle, to inspection levels with a more specific area of focus, such as Level VI for radioactive materials and Level VIII for electronic inspections. During the 2017 inspections 32 percent of drivers were placed out of service. The main reason for the violations was non-compliance to the hours of service rules. The result was a significant delay in anticipated transit times for thousands of shipments. Given the significant percentage of violators in 2017 and the mandatory ELD compliance which took affect December 18, 2017 inspectors this year will be again focusing on HOS, as well as ELD compliance.
At Land Link Traffic Systems all our carriers are fully vetted to minimize the potential for an out of service condition. Contact us today to setup your shipment for next week and relax. In the unlikely event of our driver being taken out of service we can react anywhere in the country to continue with your delivery as soon as possible.