FMCSA launches new hours tool for carriers, drivers

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FMCSA launches new hours tool for carriers, drivers
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new Educational Tool for Hours of Service (ETHOS) module allows drivers to input daily logs or series of logs to improve knowledge of the hours of service, including the changes that went into effect for their first full day Tuesday.

The page also contains prepopulated daily examples for the change to the 30-minute break allowing for use of the break in both off-duty and on-duty not-driving statuses tied to elapsed drive time (rather than duty time) and the new split sleeper flexibilities. Examples where a violation is present, and where no violation is present, are available for for both of the changes.

The tool, the agency said, can help “motor carriers and drivers better understand the HOS regulations” that went into effect earlier this week.

When drivers and carriers enter their duty statuses into the web-based log, ETHOS will identify potential violations of these rules:

  • 11-hour daily driving limit (property) or 10-hour driving limit (passenger)
  • 14-hour driving window (property) or 15-hour on-duty limit (passenger)
  • 30-minute break (property)
  • Sleeper berth provision

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