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Canada publishes new hours of work rules
Canadian transportation authorities officially proposed a new federal hours-of-service regulation for Canadian truck and bus drivers, building on an endorsed standard announced last fall by federal and provincial transport ministers.
Last September, a council of federal and provincial transport ministers approved changes to the countrys National Safety Code to give drivers more opportunity to rest and to make the rules simpler to grasp.
According to Canadian press accounts, the industry's largest trade union, the Teamsters, and its largest lobby group, the Canadian Trucking Alliance, support the changes. Government transport officials say they want the new rules to take effect sometime this fall.
The regulation would restrict drivers to 14 hours on duty (13 hours driving) followed by 10 hours off during a 24-hour period. At least eight of these off-duty hours would have to be taken consecutively, with the additional two hours to be taken in increments of no less than a half hour.
Drivers who want to switch or reset cycles would need to take at least 36 consecutive hours off duty before "resetting the clock to zero" for the 70-hour cycle, and at least 72 consecutive hours off for the 120-hour cycle. At least once every 14 days, all drivers would be required to take at least 24 hours off.
Comments on the proposed regulation are being accepted over the next 30 days.
The complete details of the proposed regulations are published and an alert Canadian
truck driver has provided the following link.
Canada Commercial vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Requlations Application Guide . Click here.
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