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Hours of Service Examples

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Visit the FMCSA Guidance Portal to view and download the Hours of Service Examples.

Review record of duty status (RODS) examples based on 30 different scenarios related to the Federal hours of service (HOS) regulations in Part 395 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Each example includes: 

  • One or more completed grids from a driver’s daily RODS or log (where there are consecutive logs, the labels “Day 1,” “Day 2,” “Day 3”, etc., are used to tell the respective days apart);
  • A brief description of any violations that may exist; and 
  • An in-depth explanation of the HOS rules as the rules apply to the sample RODS. 

The RODS are in the format generated by an electronic logging device (ELD) and transferred to eRODS, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s software used by safety officials to review driver’s logs and determine HOS violations. This guide focuses on RODS for motor carriers required to use ELDs. There may be different requirements for motor carriers that are permitted to use paper RODS or time records.

This guidance includes changes to the following four HOS provisions that went into effect on September 29, 2020:

  • Short-haul exception
  • Adverse driving conditions exception
  • 30-minute rest break requirements
  • Sleeper berth provision
Last updated: Thursday, April 28, 2022