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Notice Drivers' Hours of Service Regulation

NOTICE

 

DRIVERS' HOURS OF SERVICE

In Alberta, carriers and their drivers may be regulated by either the federal Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulation (SOR/2005-313) or the provincial Drivers’ Hours of Service Regulations (AR317/2002), but not both.

Federal Carriers

Carriers who operate a commercial truck that is registered for a gross vehicle weight of more than 4,500 kilograms or a commercial passenger vehicle with a manufactured seating capacity of 11 or more persons, including the driver, and that:

  • have operated/or intend to operate outside of Alberta with such a vehicle (after January 1, 2006) are regulated under the Federal legislation.

This applies to all of the carrier’s drivers of those commercial vehicles, even those who have never personally operated the vehicles outside of Alberta. These carriers must have an Alberta Safety Fitness Certificate (SFC) displaying a “Federal” Operating Status or an equivalent certificate issued by another jurisdiction.

Provincial Carriers

Carriers who operate a commercial truck registered for a weight of 11,794 kilograms or more, or a commercial passenger vehicle with a manufactured seating capacity of 11 or more persons, including the driver, and that:

  • have not operated outside of Alberta with such a vehicle since January 1, 2006;
    and
     
  • do not intend to operate outside of Alberta in the future,

are regulated under the provincial regulations. Such carriers must have an Alberta SFC displaying a “Provincial” Operating Status.

On January 1, 2007 new federal Commercial Vehicle Drivers’ Hours of Service Regulation were implemented. A great deal of research and stakeholder consultation, including Alberta's involvement went into the development of this regulation.

The following information is offered to assist you with identifying and understanding the regulations:

Current Alberta regulation at:
http://www.transportation.alberta.ca/525.htm

New Federal Hours of Service Regulation at:
http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/showtdm/cr/SOR-2005-313

Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service "Application Guide" interpretating the new Federal regulation at:
http://www.ccmta.ca/english/pdf/HoS_Application_Guide.pdf

Hours of Service module from the department’s Education Manual at:
http://www.transportation.alberta.ca/Content/docType276/Production/Module5.pdf

Reviewing New Hours Of Service Logs (pdf 40 K)

Federal Hours of Service Rules Pocket Guide (pdf 55 K)

Power Point presentations:

The Province of Alberta information: (pdf 694 K)

The Province of BC information at: http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/cvse/national_safety_code/pdf/HOS_Presentation.pdf

There is an "education" phase to the department’s enforcement program until June 30, 2007. This will allow industry and enforcement groups to become familiar with the new requirements. However, an Officer may still lay a charge and/or declare a driver out-of-service for significant violations.

Reference information on this new federal legislation is being developed and should be available on our website by February, 2007.  Information on other Alberta legislation is available on the internet at:

http://www.qp.gov.ab.ca/ (for the Alberta legislation)
http://www.ccmta.ca/  (for the NSC standards, including Standard #9)
http://www.transportation.alberta.ca/  (for compliance and general transportation information)

For more information contact:

Carrier Services
#401, 4920 – 51 Street
Red Deer, AB   T4N 6K8
Phone:  (403) 755-6111 (to call toll-free within Alberta dial 310-0000)
Fax:      (403) 340-4811
Email:   mailto:carrier.services@gov.ab.ca