Operation Safe Driver Week will take place this Sunday July 12th to July 18th across North America. It is an annual traffic-enforcement initiative led by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) that targets unsafe driving behaviors by commercial motor vehicle and passenger vehicle drivers. The purpose of this operation is to ensure that drivers are compliant with the laws and are operating safely on the road. Identified drivers will be pulled over by law enforcement and may be issued a warning or citation.

AP wishes to inform you that drivers’ Hours Of Service (HOS) might be affected starting Sunday.

 

American HOS rules:

• Duty cycles
o 70 hours in 8 days
o 60 hours in 7 days

A truck driver can drive a maximum of 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty. He must take a 30-minute break, at a time of your choosing, within the previous 8 hours. This means before 8 hours, in real time, has past he need to take a 30-minute break. The 8-hour clock starts again once you complete your break. You cannot drive beyond the 14th hour after coming on duty, following 10 consecutive hours off duty. This works like the 16-hour rule in Canada, but it’s 14 hours and 10 hours Off-Duty. Drivers can reset their hours to zero with 34 consecutive hours Off-Duty.

 

Canadian HOS rules:

• Duty cycles
o 70 hours in 7 days
o 120 hours in 14 days