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Hours of Service (Motor Carriers)
National Summary

This topic covers the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Hours of Service (HOS) regulations for commercial motor vehicles (CMVs).

The HOS regulations are intended to ensure that drivers of CMVs take adequate periods of rest or periods off duty in order to drive safely when on duty. Drivers of CMVs carrying property have different HOS requirements than drivers of passenger-carrying CMVs. An exception to the HOS regulations exists for adverse driving conditions that prevent a driver from safely completing the run within the maximum driving time permitted.

For related resources and training materials, refer to the following topics:

  • Driving Safely for information about general safe driving practices, distracted driving, and other driving-related information not specifically addressing commercial motor carriers
  • Motor Carrier Safety for information about safety requirements for motor carrier companies
  • Commercial Driver Safety for information about DOT safe driving regulations for commercial drivers

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TypeTitleDateState
Proposed Rules 49 CFR 385, 386, 390, and 395 - Electronic Logging Devices and Hours of Service Supporting Documents 03/28/2014National
Proposed Rules 49 CFR 385, 386, 390, and 395 - Electronic Logging Devices and Hours of Service Supporting Documents 05/16/2014National
Final Rules 49 CFR 395 - Hours of Service for Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers; Regulatory Guidance Concerning Records of Duty Status Generated by Logging Software Programs 07/10/2014National
Final Rules 49 CFR 395 - Hours of Service of Drivers of Commercial Motor Vehicles; Regulatory Guidance for Oilfield Exception 08/12/2013National
Final Rules 49 CFR 395 - Hours of Service of Drivers; Amendment of the 30-Minute Rest Break Requirement 10/28/2013National
Final Rules 49 CFR 395 - Notice of Regulatory Guidance: Automatic On-Board Recording Devices 05/12/2014National
Final Rules 49 CFR 395 - Regulatory Guidance on Hours of Service of Drivers Rest Break Requirement; Drivers Who Become Ineligible for the "Short-Haul" Exception During the Duty Day 12/19/2013National
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Notices Agency Information Collection Activities; Revision of an Approved Information Collection: Hours of Service of Drivers Regulations 06/24/2014National
Questions & Answers During emergencies (snow removal), are there any exemptions to the hours of service rules for the municipal employees conducting snow removal services? 01/19/2012National
Notices Electronic Logging Devices and Hours of Service Supporting Documents; Evaluating the Potential Safety Benefits of Electronic Hours-of-Service Recorders 05/12/2014National
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Handouts Hours of Service Rules (PDF)  National
Handouts Hours of Service Rules (PDF) -- Spanish  National
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