Carrier profiles will now see two new violations on their Compliance, Safety and Accountability or CSA scores.
The system now tracks a new hours of service (HOS) violation created when rules changed on July 1, 2013. The new violation adds a 7-point severity weight for failing to take the 30-minute break before 8 hours of driving. This will contribute to the Hours of Service Compliance Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement Category.
Short-haul drivers are currently exempt from the requirement to take a 30-minute break.
The second new violation added to CSA concerns alcohol. It will create a severity weight of 3 for possession of alcohol thus creating a distinction between possession and consumption of alcohol. Use or under the influence of alcohol will have a 5-point weight.
To recap it will be a heavier violation for your driver to miss their 30-minute break then for your driver to be under the influence of alcohol according to CSA! Does this make much sense?
New Rules create a new out of service
The FMCSA notes that violating the 30-minute break will NOT be an out of service violation. Violations concerning the 60/70-hour rule and restart provision will be an out of service.
If you have questions about Hours of Service feel free to contact us and we will be glad to help.
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