Hours Of Service

Discussion in 'Trucking Industry Regulations' started by ReeferRookie, Mar 15, 2020.

  1. ReeferRookie

    ReeferRookie Light Load Member

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    Hoping that someone can provide some clarity, although I think we are all in the same boat. HOS was lifted for those providing emergency relief, including food, medical supplies, sanitizers, soaps, masks, gloves, etc.
    We transport food but I don't understand if this applies to us. What food constitutes as emergency relief for restocking? Obviously the salad dressings we are hauling right now don't haha. :D
    Will we get a special paper from the shipper saying this is an "SOS PRODUCT" or what? Why is this so vague?:confused:
     
  2. Powder Joints

    Powder Joints Subjective Prognosticator

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    Basicly it would be items contacted to or by FEMA more than likely. Back for 9/11 We hauled Red Cross supplies and the BOL stated very clear HOS EXEMPT in Big Red Letters
     
  3. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

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    We hauled medicines the morning of 911 to NYC on a warfooting but due to local challenges in their efforts to not get attacked along the way it took a little time to reach NYC. Toll all the way across pricing be ######.

    Earlier in life we had a town destroyed by tornados and FEMA signed local trucks spent months dumping most of it into a landfill. No HOS for them. (For me it was a missed oppertunity, 15.00 a hour until you cannot see at night anymore.) However I had other local work pouring out of the ready mix into various places being replaced like the school FEMA bunker, post offices in two locations and so on for rebuilding after the storm destroyed everything.

    Thats one of the reasons I feel at home here. You put in the work and its yours. In Maryland we could not be bothered to do a #### thing. SO there is a difference.

    HOS Exempt on bills and instructions from your company specifically. In that environment you get whatever it is on that truck there asap. You don't sleep, eat, stop or anything. Straight through. Then take care of yourself and the truck fast because they are waiting on you with the next one.

    Do stop and rest when that white line fever kicks in. You do not want to kill people out there.
     
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  4. ReeferRookie

    ReeferRookie Light Load Member

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    Thank you, got it! Wow...sending prayers to all people out there and here. This is getting crazy
     
  5. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

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    I'm expecting the food plants to be a mad house for awhile. With everybody out of food to sell.

    And other commodities.
     
  6. Bkb242526

    Bkb242526 Bobtail Member

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    Wrong...there is no fema involvement to restock all stores in all 50 states. Read the declaration. It's very different from natural disasters. It clearly states no documentation will be required to determine emergency or exemption of hos. However, it says be prepared to explain why your load(product) is exempt to dot officer. So load of twizzlers.. .prob not. Load of gen grocery or produce??? An argument could be made for those items. As well as meat. Just remeber this exemption is way different from hurricanes or tornadoe exemptions. That's why it's in all 50 states.
     
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  7. Bkb242526

    Bkb242526 Bobtail Member

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    Totally agree....it's going to be a domino effect. Longer wait times at shipper and receiver. Resulting in truck shortage.
     
  8. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

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    Well those gray area rules and dot dont mix very well. I could see alot of log violations coming from this . Especially if they are leaving te judgment up to a dot officer
     
  9. Bkb242526

    Bkb242526 Bobtail Member

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    Absolutely agree....So clarification will be needed obviously.
     
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  10. fairshake

    fairshake Medium Load Member

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    Just drive like normal, it’s plenty already.
     
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