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Short Haul Provisions for 
Hours of Service 
Are you aware of the Short Haul Provisions in the FMCSA Hours of Service Regulation in CFR 395?
 If you operate a commercial vehicle that does not require a CDL license your drivers can utilize a provision to the regulations to allow them to keep time r
ecords in lieu of a grid log. This applies to drivers who operate within a 150 mile air radius (172 ground or statute miles) of the terminal location and meets the requirements of the regulations below. Drivers of units that require a CDL also can take advantage of a 100 air mile radius (115 ground or statute miles) provision that allows them to keep time records in lieu of a grid log.
So what is the advantage of using the short haul provisions?
To the driver it allows them to complete the days work without keeping a log book current to the last change of duty status. For a driver that has numerous pick ups and drops this can be tedious and subjects the driver to log book violations if supporting documentation such as delivery receipts, fuel receipts and other supporting documentation does not match the log.

The company benefits by not being subject to false log violations during a compliance review audit as long as the time stamp of the supporting documentation generated by the driver falls in between the time the driver starts their tour of duty and the time it ends. Consequently, there is no false log violation.

FMCSA' has now clarified that, effective August 2, 2013; it will no longer enforce the 30 minute break requirement against any driver that qualifies for either of the "short haul operations" exceptions.

Short-Haul Provision for Operators of CMV's NOT 
Requiring a CDL:

Drivers of property-carrying commercial motor vehicles that do not require a CDL for operation and operate within a 150 air-mile radius of their normal work reporting location:
Maximum of 11 hours driving, minimum 10 hours off-duty, 14 consecutive hour duty period, 60/70 hours in 7/8 days, 34-hour restart all apply. 
* On any 2 days of every 7 consecutive days, the driver may extend the 14-hour duty period to 16 hours.
There is no requirement that the driver be released from duty at the end of the 14- or 16-hour duty periods. The driver may continue to perform non-driving duties, which would be counted against the 60/70 hour weekly limitation.
Time records may be used in lieu of records of duty status
Drivers who use this short-haul provision are not eligible to use 100 air-mile provision 395.1(e) or the current 16-hour exception in 395.1 (o).

Short-Haul Provision for Operators of CMV's Requiring 
a CDL:
Drivers of property-carrying commercial motor vehicles that require a CDL for operation and operate within a 100 air-mile radius of their normal work reporting location:
* The driver operates within a 100 air-mile (115 statute/ground miles) radius of the normal work reporting location, and
* The driver returns to the work reporting location and be released from duty within 12 consecutive hours, and
* The driver maintains time records as specified in the rule, and
* The driver is not covered by the "non-CDL 150 air-mile radius" provision

For both of these provisions the driver/carrier must maintain and retain for a period of 6 months accurate and true time records showing:
The time the driver reports for duty each day;
The total number of hours the driver is on duty each day;
The time the driver is released from duty each day; and
The total time for the preceding 7 days in accordance with 395.8(j)(2) for drivers used for the first time or intermittently.
CVSA Releases Results of the September 2013 Brake Safety Week Inspection Program
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has released results from Brake Safety Week, Sept. 8-13. CVSA sponsors the event in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). During the week, federal, state, provincial and local safety inspectors throughout North America selected vehicles for inspection and conducted either North American Standard Level I or Level IV inspections just on brake systems to verify regulatory compliance. They also helped to inform operators about the importance of proper maintenance. Noteworthy results include: 

* 20,067 vehicles were inspected. In 2012, 21,255 were inspected.
* 1,811 or 9 percent of vehicles were placed OOS for brake adjustment (9.4 percent in 2012, 8.4 percent in 2011, 8.9 percent in 2010).
* 1,434 or 7.1 percent of vehicles were placed OOS for brake components (7.8 percent in 2012, 7.9 percent in 2011, 8 percent in 2010).
* 2,714 or 13.5 percent of vehicles were placed OOS for brakes overall (15.3 percent in 2012, 14.2 percent in 2011, 13.5 percent in 2010).

CVSA President Tom Fuller, a sergeant with the New York State Police, found the results encouraging. "Maintenance is a critical part of vehicle and carrier safety performance, brakes especially," he said. "The recent data indicates a positive trend in that direction. We appreciate responsible carriers taking it seriously and doing their part to make our highways safer." 

November 15th, 2013
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Requests Input 
on Proposed Changes to SMS Website

This week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) began previewing proposed enhancements to its Safety Measurement System (SMS) website where companies and the public can find safety information on motor carriers. The agency undertook the proposed changes based on stakeholder feedback on the current site. 


The updated webpage features a more user-friendly navigation, creates a one-stop shop for FMCSA safety information and will make important information easier to understand for motor carriers that want to improve their safety performance. The proposed SMS redesign was announced in a Federal Register Notice and provided a 60-day comment period.  


The proposed changes can be viewed at:  




Driver Tip of the Week:




The most important part of a moving truck or bus is the driver! Get plenty of rest before getting behind the wheel. Eat well and stay fit. Remember, hours of service violations are serious and can threaten your livelihood or even your life. Stay healthy and well rested, or don 't drive!


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