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FMCSA’s 2013 HOS Final Rule

Meeting New Compliance Regulations. HOS solution on the Fleet Director platform.
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The New Rules

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released its final hours-of-service (HOS) rule in July 2013. Teletrac’s HOS solution helps business owners—with fleets of all sizes—meet these new regulations, providing them with the necessary tools to proactively track driver work hours (such as start time, rest breaks, arrival and departure times) and stay DOT-compliant.

Provision Prior Rule Final Rule - Compliance Date July 1, 2013
Limitations on minimum "34-hour restarts"
(1) Minimum include two periods between 1 a.m. - 5 a.m. home terminal time.
(2) May only be used once per week, 168 hours, measured from the beginning of the previous restart.
Rest Breaks None except as limited by other rule provisions May drive only if 8 hours or less have passed since end of driver's last off-duty or sleeper-berth period of at least 30 minutes. [49 CFR 397.5 mandatory "in attendance" time for hazardous materials may be included in break if no other duties performed]








How the Teletrac's HOS Solution Meets the 2013 Final Rule

34-Hour Restart

Teletrac’s HOS Solution records the driver’s rest period—in real-time—as soon as their status changes to Off Duty. For accumulated rest hours to qualify as a 34-hour reset, the rest period must include two (2) periods between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., using the driver’s home terminal time-zone. When the driver logs back into the Teletrac HOS system, if their rest period qualifies for the 34 hour reset, they are given the option of using the rest period to reset their 7 or 8 day cycle.
According to the rule, if the accumulated rest time is 34 hours or greater—but does not include the two (2) periods between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., or the driver has already reset their cycle in the last 7 days—the driver is not given the option to use the rest period as a cycle reset.

Rest Breaks

Fleet Director’s HOS Solution helps dispatchers monitor the driver’s accumulated On-Duty and Driving hours as they occurred in real time. After seven (7) hours from going On Duty, if the driver is driving and has not taken breaks since going On Duty, the system issues ‘pending violation’ warnings to the driver which tells them that they are approaching their maximum permitted hours and must take a break. These warnings appear as a pop-up message on the in-cab display, including a useful voice-generated warning. The driver
receives these warnings 60, 30, 15 and 5 minutes before the actual violation. If the driver fails to take the required break, they are considered in violation and a pop-up message displays on the screen confirming the status.

These ‘pending’ and actual violation messages can be received by fleet managers and/or dispatchers in a number of ways, such as pop-up warnings via Fleet Director and scheduled email and/or SMS sent directly to mobile devices.

Stay DOT-Compliant And Up-To-Date

Fleet Director’s HOS Solution is fully-compliant with FMCSA regulations providing users a sense of security while increasing fleet safety, efficiency and reducing operational costs—all from an advanced, integrated and easy-to-use, web-based platform.


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