3 Most Common HOS Violations and How to Prevent Them
According to CRS reports, up to 20% of bus and large truck crashes in the U.S. happen due to drivers being tired while driving. The Hours of Service (HOS) rule was created with the drivers’ safety in mind. It should regulate the maximum amount of time drivers spend driving and make sure they are resting when needed.
Overlooking HOS rules can cause serious consequences, from expensive fines and violation points to revoking your license. If drivers want to keep their CSA score as impeccable as possible, being in line with these rules is a must.
Fortunately, there are a few easy procedures that can greatly comply with HOS regulations. Best of all, it may frequently be done affordably and easily. In this blog post, we’ve chosen some of the most typical HOS violations and offered ways of preventing them.
1. Driving Beyond Time
Being on the road is not as easy as it may seem to some people. Drivers have a lot of things on their minds during a working day, from staying alert to keeping their carriage safe. This may result in drivers losing track of time and driving long hours which can cause frequent accidents.
The FMCSA established the 14-hour duty period rule to help prevent fatigued drivers. However, keeping track of the hours spent on duty can sometimes be an issue for drivers, since their day-to-day job requires a lot of focus and alertness. If drivers go over this time span while on duty, they violate the HOS regulations, and nobody wants that.
Setting an alarm each day at the start of a shift is an effective way to prevent this HOS violation. But, if we take into consideration the number of things a driver must do in a day, this can be a bit annoying. It is highly likely that a driver will forget this task. So, an even better way to avoid driving beyond time is to have an overview of your hours on duty using an electronic logging system.
2. Form and Manner Violations
The majority of HOS violations fall under Form and Manner Violations (up to 75%). These violations include various tasks that are supposed to be done in order to complete driver’s logs for the day. Having so many things to keep track of during a day can be exhausting and drivers can easily forget some of them. Skipping even one rule can result in CSA points going up, resulting in high-risk drivers. Precisely because of this, it is very important to prevent these violations.
Avoiding Form and Manner violations is quite easy, actually. Basically, keeping your paperwork as detailed as possible so your logs look neat is the first thing to do. Of course, finding an efficient ELD with all the necessary options will also help your team and its needs.
3. Missing Previous 8 Days’ Logs
Last but not least, drivers should not exceed 70 hours of driving during 8 consecutive days. The logs showing this must always be in order during roadside inspections. Failing to provide a record is a serious violation. Missing the record of duty status results in out-of-service violations in about 86 percent of cases, and it can also impact your Safety Score.
Educating drivers might be a good solution to avoid these penalties. But an even better option is obtaining an electronic device that makes having logs always at hand much easier.
Finding an ELD that covers all aspects can be challenging but not impossible. A comprehensive ELD, such as LionEight, is a good solution. It provides a precise, in-built notification system that notifies drivers periodically and helps them keep track of the time left until the end of the 14-hour duty period. LionEight ELD also offers an overview of all logs and hours of service on the device dashboard. It is very accessible and user-friendly so it won’t create any confusion. This will help drivers be sure they are not close to violating HOS rules and keep their CSA score under control.
HOS rules may seem like something that can cause a lot of anxiety or even be boring to monitor. However, they exist with the most important thing in mind: drivers’ safety. Because of this, complying with them should be one of the top priorities on the road. If drivers want to avoid having their license revoked or increasing their CSA score, they should do their best to not go above the 14-hour on-duty period.
Fortunately, HOS violations can be easily prevented with an ELD device. We hope that our blog will help you avoid severe penalties and stay safe on the road. If you have any doubts, feel free to contact us.