January 1, 2001
MOOSE JAW, Sask. – Hours-of-service issues were centre stage at a recent Canadian Bulk Haulers Association meeting in Moose Jaw.
Saskatchewan Highways and Transportation’s Brian Johnson said regulations allow 13 hours of driving, and another two for on-duty tasks, per day. The driver must then take eight hours off.
A sleeper-berth exemption allows a driver to take a minimum two hour break. The six-hour difference must be made up at his next break.
On-duty tasks include waiting, reporting, inspecting, servicing and duties “at the request of the carrier,” said Johnson.
Meals can also fall under this category if the carrier has directed his driver to take a meal at a particular point in time.
The hours of service regulations change if the driver is operating within a 160 km radius, begins and ends at his home port, and operates for no more than 15 hours. n
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