November 15, 2017

KeepTruckin Launches Petition to Change the 14-Hour Rule

KeepTruckin Launches Petition to Change the 14 Hour Rule

The Hours-of-Service regulations are there to keep drivers safe, but after conducting a study, we found that the 14-hour rule does not always serve that purpose. When drivers lose a couple of hours after being detained by shippers or receivers, the 14-hour limit propels them to drive in an unsafe

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November 6, 2017

The FMCSA to Pursue Split Sleeper Berth Pilot Program

The FMCSA to Pursue Sleeper Berth Pilot Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is pursuing its plan to conduct a pilot study on the feasibility of revising the Hours of Service regulations. The research will look into splitting the off-duty sleeper berths regulations for drivers into segments, instead of having 10 hours straight off-duty or using the

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October 17, 2016

The Complete Guide to FMCSA’s 30 Minute Break Rule

The Complete Guide to FMCSA 30 Minute Break Rule

The FMCSA has introduced several hours of service rules and regulations (HOS rules) to ensure safety and minimize driving accidents. On December 27, 2011, FMCSA introduced a new provision (the 30 minute break rule) that requires CMV drivers to take a mandatory 30-minute break after 8 hours of being on

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August 23, 2016

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

16 Hour Exception - Featured Image

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

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July 18, 2016

The Complete Guide to the FMCSA’s 34-Hour Restart Rule

34 Hour Restart Rule - Complete Guide

The 34-hour restart rule has gone through so many changes that it can be quite hard to keep track of what’s allowed. Frequently drivers and fleet managers tell us they find the 34-hour reset rule confusing, so we’re here to help clear things up. In this blog post, we explain

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April 25, 2016

4 HOS Exemptions Drivers and Fleet Managers Must Know

HOS Exemptions

Driving is a tough job and requires consistent focus to avoid accidents and HOS violations. To ensure road safety and driver compliance, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), developed hours of service rules and regulations. These regulations are commonly known as HOS rules. HOS rules limit the number of

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March 17, 2016

Driver Logbooks: FAQs on HOS Rules


Thousands of DOT inspections are performed every month, yet many drivers (and officers) are unfamiliar with the legal responsibilities and requirements of Hours Of Service record keeping. In this post we answer the most frequently asked HOS related questions the KeepTruckin Support team receives so you can avoid violations and

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March 9, 2016

HOS Cheat Sheet: 7 HOS Rules to Avoid Violations


Hours of service violations are the number one cited violation during roadside inspections. It’s the principle reason for the ELD mandate, which requires commercial drivers keeping a Record of Duty Status to switch from paper logs to an electronic logging device by December 2017. Avoiding these violations is easy if

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