August 23, 2016

The 16-Hour Short-Haul Exception And How To Use It

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The 16-hour short-haul exception allows some commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers to extend their 14-hour window by 2 hours every week, provided that certain conditions are met.

In this post we discuss the nitty-gritty details of this 16-hour “short-haul” exception rule, the conditions that need to be met, and how drivers can use the KeepTruckin electronic logbook app to leverage the 16-hour exception.

Let’s first review the hours of service rules and how the 16-hour short-haul exception fits in.

A Brief Recap of HOS Rules

According to DOT hours of service rules, U.S. property-carrying CMV drivers generally have 14-hour windows to finish all driving related work. In those 14 hours, they can drive up to 11 hours. Drivers must also take a 30-min break after 8 hours of driving.

The 16-hour short haul exception though extends that 14-hour window by 2 hours. So drivers can have a 16-hour window — instead of 14 — once per cycle provided that certain conditions are met.

Note though that the 16-hour short-haul exception does not extend the 11-hour driving limit. Rather, drivers who use the short-haul exception have a 16-hour window to complete their work, but they still can’t drive past 11 hours.

To ensure a valid 16-hour short-haul exception, make sure these conditions are met.

Conditions for the 16-Hour Short-Haul Exception to Apply

Conditions for the 16-Hour Short-Haul Exception

Drivers can use the 16-hour exception if all of the following occur:

  • The driver returns to their work reporting location for that day as well as their last 5 workdays
  • The driver is released from work after coming On Duty within 16 hours
  • The driver has not used the 16-hour exception in the previous 6 consecutive days (unless they have used the 34-hour break to restart their weekly cycle)

Also, drivers who qualify for non-CDL short-haul exceptions may not use the 16-hour short-haul exception.

How to Use the 16-Hour Exception with the KeepTruckin App

The KeepTruckin mobile app makes it simple for drivers to use the 16-hour short-haul exception. There’s no need to keep track of the exceptions above. Instead, just follow this simple 4-step process:

Step No. 1: Go to Menu > Settings > Logs.

KeepTruckin Mobile App - Settings
Step No. 2: Enable the short-haul exception and save the settings.

GIF - Step 3 - 16-Hour Short-Haul Exception

Note: The 16-hour short-haul exception is only available for ‘property-carrying’ & ‘oil & gas’ vehicles and for USA 70-hour/8-day and 60-hour/7-day cycles.

Step No. 3: Once the ‘short-haul exception’ is enabled, go back to your logs, click the + icon at the bottom-right corner of the screen, and tap ‘Take the 16 Hour Exception’ to use it.


h-1Final Words

The 16-hour short-haul exception allows drivers to extend their daily window by 2 hours once a week. In certain situations, it can be very beneficial to drivers to use this exception.

The KeepTruckin mobile app makes it extremely simple for drivers to use the 16-hour short-haul exception, so make sure that you are using the app! Download the Android or iPhone version for free.

If you have any questions about the KeepTruckin electronic logbook app, or the KeepTruckin ELD system, please contact our support team. We’ll be glad to assist you.

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