How many hours can I drive without taking a break? Conflicting information

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  1. DaytonTD

    DaytonTD Light Load Member

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    I cant seem find any info anywhere else except under the provincial section of the modules used to study for the Safety Fitness course (Alberta). It states:


    A driver may continuously drive a vehicle:

    • For a period of time of up to 4 consecutive hours if at the conclusion of driving for that period of time the driver takes at least 10 consecutive minutes off duty or non-driving time, or
    • For a period of time that exceeds the permitted time under clause (a), but does not exceed 6 consecutive hours, if at the conclusion of driving for that period of time the driver takes at least 30 consecutive minutes off duty or of non-driving time.

    There is nothing under the federal section about breaks. So do I need to follow this federally? Only in Alberta? I'm a bit confused.
     
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  3. MSQUARED

    MSQUARED Light Load Member

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    In Canada there is no mandatory break in your 14 hour on duty or 16 hour window. You have to have 8 consecutive hours off at night, and an additional 2 hours off the next day that can be taken in minimum 30 min chunks.

    The mandatory 30 minute break is for usa DOT not Canaidan MOT
     
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  4. DaytonTD

    DaytonTD Light Load Member

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    That quote I posted was directly from the safety fitness modules course (government of Alberta). I don't understand why it is stated there but no where else
     
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    MSQUARED Light Load Member

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    Company policy? It's not MOT policy
     
  6. DaytonTD

    DaytonTD Light Load Member

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    No I just don't want a logbook ticket for not taking a break
     
  7. not4hire

    not4hire Road Train Member

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    The rules you quoted have nothing to do with the US and nothing to do with MTO (Ontario). Also, the two hours the next day are not required (that only applies to deferred days). The rules quoted are Alberta intraprovincial HOS and apply if you're over 11,794 kg and Alberta-only. If you're crossing provincial borders then you're running on a federal safety fitness certificate, federal HOS rules apply and you can ignore provincial ones.

    You should be doing load checks per securement rules (going from memory) the first one in the first 60 km and then every ~150 km/2 hours.
     
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  8. DaytonTD

    DaytonTD Light Load Member

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    Okay I'm federal, so I can drive for 13 hours straight theoretically. That's what I wanted to know thanks
     
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  9. not4hire

    not4hire Road Train Member

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    One of the differences between Canada and US HOS is that Canadian limits are per day, but in the US you can start driving again after your 10 hours rest. In Canada you cannot exceed those daily limits.
     
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  10. skipgears

    skipgears Light Load Member

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    What we really need is regulation hegemony between NAFTA nations.
    One system to govern all drivers across Canada, US, Mexico.

    Wouldn't that be nice? to not have to worry, focus on driving instead. hmm.
     
  11. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    Idk. I like our rules better. I would hate being on the US rules.
     
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