Driving, working, sleeping, and staying off-work are all restricted by legislation for truck drivers. Driving, on duty, off duty, and sleeping are all phrases used to describe a driver’s day-to-day duties. Drivers must fill out a daily signed logbook and a trip inspection report detailing their daily actions, such as hours of sleep, driving, on-duty, off-duty, total mils/kms driven, date, truck or tractor and trailer number, carrier name, and founder name if applicable.
The proposed federal hours-of-service (HOS) rules, which have a July 1, 2013 compliance deadline, apply to drivers and motor carriers that operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) and:
- Are involved in interstate commerce and must adhere to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) safety standards in 49 CFR Part
- Are engaged in intrastate commerce — conducted entirely within a single state — and that state has adopted and enforces the new federal HOS regulations