If you work in the trucking industry, you already know you must follow the rules set by the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration). These rules were created to keep everyone on the roads safe.
One of the most discussed requirements is abiding by the FMCSA hours of service (HOS) regulations.
Understanding the HOS
The HOS sets the maximum hours a truck driver can be on the road, how long they must rest and other driving-related time constraints. The HOS aims to help ensure drivers are not on the road while fatigued.
Who must comply with HOS requirements?
HOS regulations apply to most commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. This includes those that weigh over 10,001 pounds, are used for transporting passengers (nine or more) for a fee, are used for transporting passengers (16 or more) for no fee and for vehicles transporting certain quantities of hazardous materials.
Why following the HOS requirements is so important
Drivers who fail to comply with the HOS requirements (and the trucking companies they work for) can face serious consequences. Some include written warnings, fines and more. Drivers must understand what requirements they must always meet and adhere to them. Not only is this necessary to avoid potential penalties, but it also keeps everyone on the road safer.
The dangers of fatigued truck drivers
Fatigued truck drivers pose a serious hazard to themselves and others on the road. Their truck’s massive weight and size make most accidents involving smaller vehicles extremely serious, with common fatalities. Truck drivers should learn all the requirements, and truck companies should enforce the requirements to minimize the possibility of accidents and other issues.